(VINITA, Okla.) - The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has closed the swimming area of Grand Lake State Park.
The Grand River Dam Authority discovered the presence of E.coli and Enterococci in water samples taken from the Bernice area.
“Public safety is our top priority.” said Justin Alberty, GRDA spokesperson. “At this time, it appears this is an isolated area of Grand Lake that is being impacted. We have not determined the cause yet but are actively investigating at this time.”
The level of bacteria exceeded the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s standards for bodily contact with water.
The area will be closed to the public for at least 48 hours until more water samples are evaluated.
Experts are currently analyzing samples from the area in the water laboratory at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley.
Other samples are being sent to an independent state-certified lab for additional testing and confirmation of GRDA findings.