High levels of E Coli reported in tributaries of Pine River

DSC04975E Coli has been reported at levels above water quality standards in tributaries of the Pine River.

Researchers at Alma reported levels of E Coli several times over safe contact standards.

The levels were reported to the DEQ, who visited the sites this week.

Molly Rippke is an E Coli monitoring specialist with the DEQ. She said they have yet to identify a source.

“We have a problem there for sure. We reported it to the local health department for their investigation in case it is something that might be human in origin.”

Rippke said she is unsure what levels are closer to the river, but would advise residents to stay out of water in the Honeoye Creek.