Mill Creek awaiting report on 12-week Lake Newport water test

Mill Creek Park meeting


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – WYTV has been waiting for almost a month to receive the final water test results from the Mahoning County District Board of Health.

On Monday, the Mill Creek Board of Trustees had its monthly meeting, and WYTV asked when the results would be available.

Mill Creek MetroParks Executive Director Aaron Young said the lakes could reopen this spring, but right now, it is a waiting game.

“Well, we’ve completed the 12-week testing program. The Board of Health is compiling those results, and once they do that and develop a summary, we’ll prepare a course of action,” he said.

Young said there is no timeline so far for the release of those results.

Testing of the water began four months ago, when WYTV asked park officials why thousands of dead fish were found floating in Lake Newport.

On July 9, WYTV released independent lab results showing dangerously high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water. Within 24 hours, Mill Creek shut down its three lakes on July 10.

The Mahoning County District Board of Health started 12 weeks of testing on July 29 to create a baseline, and the last test was taken in mid-October.

First News will continue checking in with the Board of Health and Mill Creek as to the results of further tests.

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