Monday, 25 July 2011 09:06

Milk River contaminated at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

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Due to bacterial contamination caused by fecal coliforms, Alberta Health Services is advising the public not to swim or wade in the Milk River at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Signage has been posted around the park advising the public of this risk.

An elevated level of fecal coliform was detected during routine weekly testing on Friday. At current levels, skin, ear and eye infections can result from contact with surface water. Because water-borne organisms, such as the bacteria caused by fecal coliforms, typically affect the digestive tract, AHS is also reminding park visitors not to ingest the contaminated river water.

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park remains open to the public for camping, hiking and regular interpretive programming.

Environment Public Health inspectors will continue to monitor the water near Writing-on-Stone.

This advisory will remain in affect until further notice.

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