Northwestern Pa. beach closed over E. coli

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July 21, 2010 8:05:04 AM PDT
A beach on an Erie County Pennsylvania lake could be closed to swimmers for the rest of the summer due to high levels of E. coli bacteria.

Pat Crawford Beach on Edinboro Lake has been closed since July 1 due to high levels of the bacteria. County health officials say its unlikely that bacteria levels will drop enough for the beach to reopen this summer.

Edinboro borough manager T.J. Jemetz believes goose feces and warm temperatures could be to blame for the high bacteria levels.

But a local scientist who has studied bacteria levels in the lake suspects sewer lines for nearby cottages could be to blame. Regional Science Consortium executive director Jerry Covert says another study is planned.

A smaller beach on the lake, Mike Ondo Beach, remains open.