advertisement

Beach stayed open despite high bacteria levels

Thursday, October 15, 2009 | 5:44 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri parks official said a Lake of the Ozarks beach with high bacteria levels was not closed because he was on vacation, and it stayed open because he missed later test results.

The Department of Natural Resources didn't close the beach after tests on May 18 and May 27 . A Senate committee is investigating how DNR handles E. coli because results from another testing program were delayed about a month.

Jim Yancey oversees environmental operations in state parks, including beach testing. He told Senate investigators results from May 18 tests came when he was on vacation. The interview transcript was released Thursday.

Yancey said the beach was open after May 27 based on "bad information" because he missed results from a follow-up test. Yancey said he was disciplined by DNR.

 


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements