Bacteria levels improving but still present in Coosa River

Bacteria levels improving but still present in Coosa River

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - The Coosa Riverkeeper, a river conservation group that works to protect the Coosa River and its tributaries, announced Thursday that all water testing sites have shown improvements in the level of bacteria present.

Over the past weekend, the River Region experienced flooding that caused spikes in the levels of the bacteria E. Coli in the Coosa and Cahaba rivers, among other areas. Even though they're not where they are normally, the levels of the bacteria in the area's water have dropped significantly, and will continue to do so.

According to the Coosa Riverkeeper, all lake testing sites show bacteria levels have dropped below the alert threshold, and that all creek sites have shown dramatic improvement.

However, the organization said that the presence of E. Coli in Big Wills and Choccolocco creeks is still slightly above the "moderately high" alert level.

The heavy rains brought on by Tropical Storm Cindy caused inevitable water deterioration, but the organization said that the contamination is not permanent, and will eventually return to levels safe enough for recreation.

To get water contamination test results as soon as they are available, text "SWIMGUIDE" to 844-83. In order to get information on water quality levels, you can message the organization on Facebook or email them.

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