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Creek cleanup planned

This comes following a report that Dobbins Creek has high levels of E. coli

Posted: Jul. 15, 2018 8:46 PM

AUSTIN, Minn.-June tests revealed high amounts of E. Coli in Dobbins Creek. Iowans and Minnesotans are affected by the water from Dobbins Creek because it runs into the Cedar river.
The jay c. hormel nature center in Austin tests the creek weekly and also finds high levels of E. Coli from human waste.
Volunteers will be cleaning up the creek on Saturday, taking out trash and debris. We had to wonder is it safe for volunteers to wade in.
Protective gear will be available including wader boots and gloves.
Will Bjorndal assists in testing the creek.
He shows us the dobbins creek levels of e-coli are high- but nothing too dangerous to stop people from being in the water.
Luke Reese is the director at the center and he is confident the waters are safe to be in.
He still suggests one tip as an extra precaution.
“Wash it off clean it off. if you know you got some open wounds some open cuts maybe you should keep those out of the water keep that away from the water,” said Reese.
He also points out in their testing result also show a spike in E. Coli when there is heavy rain caused from more flushing.

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