Kiwassee Lake closed resulting from excessive ranges of micro organism


Lake closed till additional discover, seaside stays open

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Because of excessive ranges of micro organism within the water, Kiwassee Lake in Stratford Woods Park is closed till additional discover.

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The Metropolis of Midland Parks and Recreation Division made the announcement Thursday after a water sampling take a look at collected by the Midland County Division of Public Well being on Wednesday indicated that micro organism ranges exceed Michigan water high quality requirements for protected full-body contact.

For security causes, individuals and animals ought to keep away from all contact with Kiwassee Lake, together with swimming, fishing, and wading till additional discover. Nevertheless, the seaside and different areas of Stratford Woods Park stay open to be used.

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Recreation Supervisor Marcie Put up stated as a result of Kiwassee Lake is man-made, excessive temperatures naturally trigger greater ranges of micro organism. As Put up described it, it is like a “Petri dish.”

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“It is a big gap within the floor with water,” she stated. “It would not have a spring that feeds into it from a recent water supply so the extra individuals, the extra animals and the extra snails and the extra vegetation and the extra warmth you retain including to it with no method for it to scrub itself, it turns into one thing — it is a breeding floor for this micro organism.”


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A follow-up take a look at will likely be performed at a later date, nonetheless, Put up stated they may simply have to attend for the micro organism ranges to naturally lower with rain or cooler temperatures. She stated it is unlucky as a result of the town was attempting to be proactive and carried out “algaecide” simply days in the past to prep the lake for the weekend.

“In a single day, it’ll simply begin to go and at that time, we won’t actually management it,” she stated.

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For questions and additional info, contact the Parks and Recreation Workplace at 989-837-6930 or electronic mail recreation@midland-mi.org.

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