Wake closes Lake Wheeler recreational beach

From staff reportsAugust 11, 2009 

Wake County has closed the recreational beach area at Lake Wheeler because of elevated levels of bacteria, based on Environmental Protection Agency standards, the county announced today.

Wake routinely tests recreational lakes for bacteria, including Enterococci and E.Coli. When bacteria levels exceed EPA standards the area is closed to "primary contact recreation," which is any activity where a person's head may go underwater.

Affected activities at the Lake Wheeler beach area include kayak and Sunfish sail boat rentals, as well as wind surfing lessons, the county said.

Lake Wheeler will remain open to fishing, water skiing, tubing and other boat rental opportunities.

"We will continue to collect water samples on a daily basis for the area and reopen the lake for swimming as soon as the bacteria levels fall below the EPA-established standards," said Wake County Environmental Services Director Tommy Esqueda.

"After we observe two consecutive days of acceptable bacteria levels, the area will be reopened for recreation."

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