ADH Issues Public Health Advisory For The West Fork Of White River

Little Rock – The Arkansas Department of Health is issuing an advisory to limit recreational activity on portions of the west fork of the White River in Washington County. Activities such as swimming or canoeing that would bring a person into direct contact with the water in this section of the river should be avoided.

Water quality test results from the Beaver Water District and preliminary results from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality have indicated elevated concentrations of E. coli and total coliform are present in the river. The affected area starts at the upstream location of the Dye Creek Bridge in West Fork and ends at the Baptist Ford Bridge on South Main Street of Greenland roughly 3.4 miles downstream. When levels of E. coli are high, people who come in direct contact with the water are at higher risk of developing infections that may cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections.     MORE


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