Canada / USA Fresh water news: State says Lake Ontario safe after brief rise in bacteria.

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Canada / USA Fresh water news: State says Lake Ontario safe after brief rise in bacteria.

HENDERSON — State officials say waters near the eastern shore of Lake Ontario are safe to swim in after water quality tests last week showed a brief increase in bacteria.

Peter M. Constantakes, a state Department of Health spokesman, said the increase was found as a part of routine sampling last week. He attributed the brief spike to hot weather, stagnant waters and area bird droppings.

A follow-up test of affected areas showed that the water quality had returned to safe levels.

“It doesn’t look like something that would be a long-term problem,” Mr. Constantakes said.

He explained that while high bacteria levels aren’t common, they can come up in the summer months.

“That’s why we do continual testing,” Mr. Constantakes said.

Kevin A. Kieff, regional director of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said there was one high bacteria reading in water samples last week at Westcott Beach. A second testing determined the beach to be safe.

“The testing did not reveal problems at Westcott,” he said, adding that the state parks crew conducts site-specific tests at its beaches every week to make sure the water is not contaminated.

Save the River, a Clayton-based environmental group which conducts its own weekly tests of public beaches, also confirmed that area swimming waters seemed to be safe as of July 16.

“In the past three weeks E. coli has been minimal and there has not been any reason for concern,” the group said in its most recent report.

Even Wilson Bay, which for years was plagued by high bacteria counts, passed Save the River’s water tests.

Every year, the nonprofit organizes a group of volunteers to monitor area beaches — including Wilson Bay, Frink Dock in Clayton, Potter’s Beach on Grindstone Island, Round Island, Lake of the Isles near Wellesley Island and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay.

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