Department of Natural Resources closes 3 Missouri swimming beaches for E. coli

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | 6:59 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri has closed three state swimming beaches because of high levels of E. coli bacteria.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that beaches at Harry Truman, Pomme de Terre and Wakonda state parks will remain closed until the bacteria reach acceptable levels.

There is more than one beach at Harry Truman and Pomme de Terre state parks. Department officials said the campground swimming beach at Harry Truman and the Pittsburg beach at Pomme de Terre would remain open because bacteria isn't too high.

Harry Truman and Pomme de Terre are in western Missouri and Wakonda is in the northeastern part of the state.

Water samples for the bacteria tests were taken Monday.


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