Wood County Current Events

North Park Beach CLOSED
Posted 8/25/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
For Immediate Release

08/24/2017
Nancy Eggleston, R.S.
Wood County Health Department Environmental Health Supervisor
Contact Info—(715)421-8911

North Wood County Park Beach
Closed due to Elevated Counts of E. coli

North Wood County Park Beach is closed immediately due to high Escherichia coli (E. coli) counts. Beach water samples collected on 08/23/2017 prompted the closure. The Wood County Health Department routinely conducts water sampling for bacteria at all county beaches throughout the summer. The recent water samples collected from the beaches exceed the maximum level considered to be safe. The count at North Wood was 1732.9 Most Probable Number (MPN).

The presence of E. coli bacteria in water indicates human or animal pollution, and the potential presence of bacteria that can cause illness. Wood County Environmental Health staff will collect samples from the beaches, and will reopen the beaches when the water quality is considered safe for swimming. The beach closure will end when the results of two consecutive days samples are below 235 mpn.

Environmental Protection Agency studies show that high levels of these bacteria can lead to acute gastrointestinal illness in swimmers. Symptoms of waterborne illnesses can include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact your doctor.

Information concerning the reopening of the beaches at North Wood County Park, or water quality testing from Wood County beaches can be obtained by calling the Wood County Health Department at 715-421-8911 or 715-387-8646, or the Wood County Parks and Forestry Department at 715-421-8422.