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Warning signs posted at Chestnut Beach advise public of hazardous water

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A popular local beach, shut down all last summer for construction, now has another issue. Chestnut Beach in Clarkston has signs posted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, advising against going into the water. That’s because a routine testing of the waters on Friday, found elevated levels of fecal bacteria in the water.

Experts said the contamination was likely caused by waterfowl, combined with the recent high temperatures’ we’ve had in the valley. Public safety is the Corps’ number one priority, and officials strongly urge people to stay out of the water and don’t drink shoreline river water until further notice.

Again, the signs are posted warning people not to swim or wade in the water because it can be hazardous to health and it is not safe. They also advise that if you catch any fish to thoroughly wash, and fully cook it before eating.

Monday, the Corps of Engineers took another water sample. Test results are expected later this week.

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