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High bacteria levels = no swimming at Beltzville Lake

High bacteria levels in the water at Beltzville Lake have prompted officials to prohibit swimming at the popular park in Carbon County.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced Wednesday it has closed the Beltzville Lake Beach to swimming.

The DCNR said samples from Tuesday showed high bacterial counts.

All other activities at the state park, including picnicking, fishing, boating and hiking, are still available.

The beach was closed to swimming twice last month for the same issue.

Officials say the bacteria could be from all the geese and the waste they leave at the park, as well as dirty diapers being buried in the sand, water runoff from local farms and even the sun.

For more information, visit the DCNR website.

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