E. coli closes Mpls beaches, prompts officials to warn against coming to beach while shitty [UPDATE]

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Please don't come to the beach with the runs, you guys.
:::: UPDATE :::: Park Board officials explain elevated E. coli levels in Minneapolis lakes

The 32nd Street Beach on Lake Calhoun and the Lake Hiawatha beach are closed this morning after unacceptable levels of E. coli were detected at both on Tuesday evening (the beaches have been closed since).

SEE ALSO: Wisconsin nude beach closed on weekdays; authorities cite sex and drugs

In addition to the Minneapolis closures, the beaches at Snelling Lake in St. Paul, Valley Lake Beach in Lakeville, and Excelsior Beach on Lake Minnetonka are also closed. MPR, citing state officials, reports that three Lake Minnetonka swimmers recently became sick with E. coli infection.

"Officials say the high levels are most often from waterfowl and pet wastes in yards, streets and parks that wash into lakes either directly or via the storm sewers after a heavy rain," the Star Tribune reports.

The heightened E. coli levels prompted Minneapolis Park Board officials to issue this helpful lists of dos and don'ts:
- Don't swim when you have diarrhea.

- Don't swallow lake water.

- Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming. - Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing diapers.

- Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often.

- Change diapers in a bathroom, not at beachside.
In other words, don't come to the beach shitty -- literally.

The Southwest Journal reports that E. coli levels at Lake Calhoun will be tested again around noon today, and officials are confident the beach will be reopened shortly thereafter.

:::: UPDATE ::::

Oh, shit -- WCCO's Chris Simon reports that Calhoun Beach will reopen today but Hiawatha will be closed at least through Monday due to high bacterial levels.

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14 comments
UsuallyPolite
UsuallyPolite

Sure, people are gross but there must be more likely reasons for this mass contamination.

Think about how many sick and dirty people would need to swim in a lake at the same time to cause contamination at levels high enough to make others sick. Also, consider that this is happening in different lakes at the same time. It's on a large scale.

Please see the Star Tribune's article, which lists possible causes that actually seem plausible:
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/216858261.html

"E. coli in lakes often comes from runoff after a rainfall, where animal feces are caught up in the stormwater and swept into lakes before the water can be treated. Sometimes an undiapered child is the culprit.

Officials are not sure what has caused the recent spate of beach closings due to E. coli. Other theories range from high water temperatures that could help the bacteria live to an increase in sightings of birds, which sometimes can be carriers of infectious diseases."


Tom Benson
Tom Benson

The first thing listed on their helpful dos & don'ts: "Don't swim when you have diarrhea."

_Joe_
_Joe_

City lakes are disgusting.  While I'll occasionally paddle them, there's no way in hell you'll catch me swimming in them.  They are an embarrassment to the rest of our state's waterways.

Jessica Ems
Jessica Ems

Ummm I love this headline haha! The actual headline not the FB friendly one hahahaha!!!!

_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol No, it's not "just water."  Seems like every other time I paddle Lake of the Isles there is a sewage/waste advisory.  But to each their own.  If you're so confident, then you drink it.

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