High Bacteria Count at Robie Creek Beach

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The timing couldn't be worse. Just as Idahoans are firming up their beach plans for the Fourth of July, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an alert where they have identified E. coli bacteria levels (in excess of state water quality standards) at Robie Creek Beach at Lucky Peak Reservoir. The DEQ reports the excess levels of E.coli may pose a threat to public health and if ingested, can cause diarrhea, fever, and vomiting, particularly in infants, small children and the elderly.

The source of the bacteria is unknown as of Friday afternoon, but previous postings at Robie Creek were suspected to be caused by waterfowl waste, produced by the large number of geese known to inhabit the immediate area.