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Olcott beach closed to swimming because of E. coli

OLCOTT – The beach at Krull Park on the Lake Ontario shoreline in Olcott was closed to swimming Wednesday morning because of elevated levels of E. coli bacteria detected in a water sample tested Tuesday.

Ronald Gwozdek, principal public health engineer for the Niagara County Health Department, speculated that the bacteria was stirred up by Monday’s heavy rains. More than an inch of rain fell in Niagara County.

The Krull Park beach has been closed frequently in recent years because of E. coli, whose source has not been determined. This is the second closure in 2016.

Gwozdek said a new water sample was taken Wednesday morning, and rest results should be available Thursday. Until a safe bacteria level is detected in daily sampling, the beach will remain closed to swimmers.


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