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Report: Waterways in Elkhart County continue to show high levels of bacteria

Waterways in Elkhart County continue to show high levels of fecal bacteria.

A water sampling report, prepared by the Environmental Division in the Elkhart County Health Department shows the results of sampling for indicators like nitrates, phosphorus and E. coli at more than a dozen locations between May and September.

The Elkhart Truth reports high-level locations include Yellow Creek at Concord High School and at County Road 138, and Pine Creek at County Road 18 and at Wyland and Roske Drives.

Weaver Ditch at County Road 13 had the highest levels of E. coli. The bacteria can be traced to a variety of sources, including illicit discharge, ag runoff, failing septic systems and combined sewer system overflow.

Generally lower levels were seen in Heaton Lake, Simonton Lake, Christiana Creek at County Road 4 and the Elkhart River at Baintertown and at Indiana Avenue.

Read more about the water bacteria report from the original story published by The Elkhart Truth.

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