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CRK initiates summer beach monitoring

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Five popular beach and swim areas on Lake Lanier are being regularly monitored this summer for water quality. The Headwaters office of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper began the program  around Memorial Day that will continue through Labor Day.
 
The organization is using volunteers to check water quality on Tuesdays at five locations on the lake – Hall County’s River Forks Park and Wahoo Creek Boat Ramp and Park, Gainesville’s Longwood Park and Lake Lanier Olympic Park, and Don Carter State Park.
 
In early June, the sampling showed elevated levels of E. coli at River Forks beach. “We contacted the proper authorities for additional testing and for a time the beach was closed,” said Dale Caldwell with the Riverkeeper’s Headwaters office in Gainesville. “The issue was attributed to geese and the current readings are showing improved quality. The beach has been reopened.”
 
Riverkeeper has uploaded this data to www.theswimguide.org so that people can view water quality information. The side includes access to a mobile app.
 
The Riverkeeper’s expansion of water sampling at the lake is part of its Clean Lake Lanier Campaign.
To volunteer or for more information, call the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers Headwaters Office at 678 696-8866 or visit Chattahoochee.org. The office is located at 104 Washington Street NE, Gainesville.
  
 
Connect with the CRK Headwaters Office this month
Rain barrel workshop and happy hour, Thursday, July 25, 6 to 7 p.m., $35 per person includes a rain barrel, installation kits and beer.
Neighborhood Water Watch Open House, Tuesday, July 30, noon to 1 p.m., free. Come see how the water-quality testing laboratory works and learn more about the Neighborhood Water Watch. Reservations required. Email  hwarner@chattahoochee.org. Space limited to the first 10 registrants.

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