HUNTINGDON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A beach at Raystown Lake was reopened Wednesday after being closed for several days due to high levels of bacteria found in the water.

The Raystown Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the level of E. coli bacteria in the water at Tatman Run Beach had returned to a safe level for swimming. They added the level of bacteria in bodies of water like Raystown Lake can change every day depending on the amount of rain, waterflow, human activity and other factors.

“It is a common misconception that if one area on the lake has elevated bacteria levels, then the whole lake is unsafe. Generally speaking, bacterial contamination originates from conditions on or near the shore and levels are usually lower further away from shore,” the Raystown Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement posted to social media.

Inspections and water tests will reportedly be done weekly at Tatman Run Beach and Seven Points Beach but the Army Corps of Engineers says visitors swim at their own risk.


ORIGINAL STORY — A beach at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County has been closed after the water as found to have high levels of bacteria.

The Raystown Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the closure of Tatman Run Beach Friday evening after a water sample taken from the beach area contained the bacteria. The beach will reportedly reopen once water sample results can be cleared for public use.

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