E. coli causes two Missouri beaches to remain closed

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | 6:58 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — High levels of E. coli have prompted a Missouri agency to keep a pair of state swimming beaches closed.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that the bacteria level at northwest Missouri's Watkins Woolen Mill State Park remains too high for swimming. That beach was closed last week.

The beach at Mark Twain State Park in northeastern Missouri has been closed all summer because of high water. DNR officials said Wednesday that high levels of E. coli have now been found there, as well.

Water samples were taken from both parks on Monday.

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