Streams and rivers in the Ozarks are being monitored for E. coli.

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OZARKS, Mo. — The health department is partnering with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks to monitor select stream and river locations for the presence of E. coli.
 
Samples are collected from five  area swimming locations weekly.
 
The health department encourages you to never swallow stream water and don’t swim when water is contaminated.
 
City officials say the stream testing serves as a public education opportunity for the community.
Stacey Armstrong, projects manager of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, wants people to be informed before they go swimming in the streams this Summer. “A lot of people are out recreating in the streams over the summer, so we just want them to have that knowledge to know what the E. coli levels are, so they can make a judgment call if they want to go out and go swimming or not.”
 
Testing sites are selected based on the likelihood people might come in contact with the water, so those locations include the James River, Galloway Creek, Lake Springfield, Little Sace River and Wilson’s Creek.

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