Health & Medicine

Health & Medicine

Levels of E. coli are spiking at this Sacramento beach

Tiscornia Beach, at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers, recorded E. coli levels in February that were seven times the threshold set by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to new weekly testing by Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. The water board examines water at nine sites on the lower American River and two sites on Steelhead Creek.

See where the American River has the most contamination from human or animal waste

Many sites on the American River exceeded the EPA’s limit for safe levels of E. coli bacteria in 2015 and 2016. The bacteria comes from human and animal waste, and its presence indicates an increased likelihood of disease-causing organisms.
Sharon Okada