KCUR News
7:11 am
Tue October 20, 2009

E. Coli Closes Lake Of The Ozarks Beach

Jefferson City, MO – A public beach at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks is closed because of high levels of E. coli.

The Department of Natural Resources says it closed the beach after tests Friday showed high levels of bacteria in the lake's main channel. The agency blames runoff from last week's rains for the contamination.

It's the same beach that was not closed in May despite two tests showing high E. coli. An internal investigation found several other examples of beaches that were not properly closed.

DNR tested water near the beach for a lakewide water quality survey. That study was ordered earlier this fall after revelations that the department withheld results for about a month from a different water study.