UPDATE: As of 8/19/16 the Lake Alert issued for the western lobe of Lake Ivanhoe has been lifted.  Residents may now resume normal activities on the lake.

The western lobe of Lake Ivanhoe (the College Park side) has been flagged by the City Stormwater staff for having higher than average levels of fecal coliform. Fecal coliform is “a facultatively anaerobic, rod-shaped, gram-negative, non-sporulating bacterium” that is found in poop.

The cause of the spike in the bacteria is indeterminate at this time. Common symptoms that may arise from contact with fecal coliform pathogens are upset stomach, diarrhea, ear infections, and rashes.

Warning signs will be posted along the lake shore and the canal that connects the western lobe to the rest of the lake. City Stormwater staff are monitoring the bacteria levels.

The City is advising that all water contact activities cease until further notice.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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