No swimming in Terry Trueblood Recreation Area ‘until water quality improves’


No swimming in Terry Trueblood Recreation Area “until water quality improves” – Little Village

People and pooches cool off in the lake at Terry Trueblood Recreation Center, September 2021. – Emma McClatchey/Little Village

There will be no swimming allowed at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area“due to the level of E. Coli detected at Sand Lake,” the Iowa City Department of Parks and Recreation announced Thursday afternoon.

Sand Lake isn’t the only local swimming spot currently having this problem. Last Friday, Lake Macbride was one of seven lakes in Eastern Iowa State Park included on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources list of beaches with elevated levels of E. Coli. MNR advises against swimming at Lake Macbride and these six other locations in eastern Iowa:

• Dorsal beach

• Beed Lake beach

• Denison Beach

• George Wyth Beach

• Darling Lake Beach

• the west beach of North Twin Lake

E Coli is a rod-shaped bacterium found in the gastrointestinal tract and feces of warm-blooded animals. It is common in lakes, streams and rivers, but high levels are a clear indication that a body of water is contaminated with sewage or animal waste, both of which may contain disease-causing organisms.

Parks and Rec said the swimming ban at Terry Trueblood “will last indefinitely until the water quality improves”. Iowa DNR updates its list of contaminated beaches on Friday. The current list is available through the DNR’s Beach Watch Hotline, 515-725-3434.

Looking north to Lake Macbride from Macbride Nature Recreation Area. —Jordan Sellergren/Petit Village

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