High bacteria level keeps western NC lake closed

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 2:12 PM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A popular swimming and fishing site south of Asheville is likely to remain closed for the rest of the week because of high levels of bacteria.
 
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the swim beach at Lake Powhatan in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest remained closed Wednesday.
 
Judy Doyle, the director of campground for the association that manages the lake and campground, said the lake was closed last Saturday due to a higher than normal bacteria count. She said it remains open for fishing, camping and picknicking.
 
Doyle says tests taken Monday showed levels of fecal coliform were still high. More samples were taken Wednesday and the results are expected on Thursday.
 
The lake, which received 25,000 visitors last year, is open daily from April 1 to the end of October.
 

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