Goose 'leavings' close Beaverfork swim area for weekend

A goose. LOG CABIN FILE PHOTO

The Beaverfork Lake swimming area will be closed for the Memorial Day weekend.

The swimming area was closed last week after a state health department water test came back positive for E. coli. City officials say that the E. coli is coming from geese and ducks that congregate around the beach and park.

A test on Monday again showed unsafe levels of E. coli, then a test on Tuesday showed the water to be safe for swimming. Two consecutive days of “safe” tests are needed to open the swimming area. 


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City chief of staff Jack Bell said that a health department worker who was testing the water suggested that the city “hire” a border collie. It seems that border collies are an accepted goose control animal. 

The Beaverfork Lake park will be open through the weekend. 

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