WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) - It has been nearly a month since the water crested along the Grand River in West Michigan, resulting in record flooding in many communities and much debris filling the river.
One of the flooded areas was Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave. SW in Walker, which is a popular destination in the summertime. Could high E. coli levels be in the water at this facility?
An employee at Summit Laboratory told 24 Hour News 8 any E. coli from last month's flood could not have survived this long.
But 24 Hour News 8 still wanted to test the water. We took samples from three different spots along the beach at Millennium Park and gave them Monday to Summit Laboratory for testing.
E. coli is transferred through warm-blooded animals like geese, ducks, seagulls, as well as dirty diapers.
Experts at Summit Laboratory say low levels of E. coli are present in bodies of water.
"We do know that in an outdoor environment, our surface waters have some level of E. coli, and it's always changing," said Tom Krueger. "But you can rest-assure that there are times when these E. coli levels are going to be higher than other times."
The results from the Millennium Park tests will be revealed Wednesday on "24 Hour News 8 Daybreak."
24 Hour News 8 reported the Kent County Health Department tested E. coli levels in the Grand River at three locations -- Low ell near the junction with the Flat River, Plainfield Township near the junction with the Rouge River and Walker near Johnson Park. An acceptable level of E. coli is 300 parts per milliliter of water.
The test results showed the following:
- Lowell: 111.74 E. coli parts per milliliter of water
- Plainfield: 50.58 E. coli parts per milliliter of water
- Walker: 29.46 E. coli parts per milliliter of water
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