Lake Powell's Largest Beach Closed to Swimmers

Lake Powell's Largest Beach Closed to Swimmers

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- National Park Service officials closed Lake Powell's largest beach to swimmers this week because of fecal contamination.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area spokeswoman Marianne Karraker said water testing revealed unacceptable levels of E. coli, a bacteria used to detect fecal matter, near Lone Rock Beach.

Officials ordered the closure of the south beach on Saturday and the north beach on Monday. Only swimming is prohibited at Lone Rock Beach; fishing, boating and other activities are still allowed.

The areas were to remain closed until E. coli levels dropped to acceptable standards.

"Our staff will continue to monitor the area for water quality," Karraker said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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