CORTLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – Seventeen of Ohio’s 134 beaches are under a water advisory because of high bacteria levels, including Mosquito Lake in Trumbull County.
As of June 3, the state found its E. Coli levels to be 727 colonies per 100 milliliters of water. That is more than triple the threshold set by the federal government of 235 colonies.
“There are a lot of different causes that might be there. Typically, there can be runoff issues, sewage problem issues, geese populations,” Matt Eiselstein of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said.
ODNR did not give a specific reason for the issue at Mosquito Lake. They test the water every week and they tested the water again Thursday and hope to have results soon.
The Ohio Department of Health said the bacteria could make swimmers sick. They advise children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems not to swim.
But, there were plenty of people in the water on Thursday who were not aware of the advisory and did not see the faded sign, which was posted May 29.
“I did not see it. They don’t really pop up,” Matt Seitz of McDonald said.
Shelly Brady of Niles brought her granddaughters to the beach. But, she thought twice after learning the water’s bad bacteria reached unsafe levels, according to the state of Ohio.
“They will be right out of it as soon as we get done here and I will take them back home and put them in their pool,” Brady said.
Our news crew asked the Ohio Department of Natural Resources why the sign is not more visible. They plan to check with the park manager to see if a better sign is being ordered.
“We can definitely upgrade those signs. It might be a situation at Mosquito Lake we have not had a warning in a while,” Eiselstein said.
It has been 18 months since Mosquito Lake’s last water advisory.
Ohio has 134 public beaches. Many of the beaches under advisory are on Ohio’s north shore, along Lake Erie. Click here to see the list of beaches under a contamination advisory.