The swimming area at Lake Leatherwood City Park has been closed for a month, but Bruce Levine, city parks and recreation director, is hopeful it will be opened for Labor Day weekend.
High levels of fecal coliform bacteria, probably from the geese, caused the closure, Levine said. The department has sprayed a natural product called Migrate on the beach and the trail to the beach to discourage avian squatters, he said. The drought also contributed to the problem, he said.
The department sends in water samples to be rested regularly, and is now waiting for the Samples sent in a few weeks ago were not tested due to the lab running out of the testing chemicals, Levine said. Of two samples tested last week, one was OK and the other registered a fraction above acceptable levels.
"We just missed it," he said.
Levine said new samples were taken and sent to the lab, with the results due by midweek.
"Hopefully we'll have it open by Labor Day," Levine said.
Lake Leatherwood remains open to boating. For more information, go to email@example.com. #