High levels of bacteria that were recently observed in certain areas of Smith Mountain Lake have dropped off.
The Smith Mountain Lake Association announced last week that the results from bacteria testing conducted on June 25 showed all locations had bacteria at levels that were “well below” the Virginia Department of Health’s standards for recreational waters.
The new results come two weeks after water testing on June 11 showed bacteria levels that exceeded VDH’s standards at three locations that included the headwaters of the Roanoke River near Bay Roc Marina; the end of Becky’s Creek near Bayside Marina and Yacht Club; and the end of the cove near Crystal Shores Marina. At the time, SMLA recommended against swimming in those areas.
Now, “it’s an all clear,” said Michael McCord, SMLA director of water quality monitoring.
-For more information, see the July 3 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-