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LAKE MEAD OFFICIALS ADVISE VISITORS TO AVOID SWIMMING IN OVERTON ARM

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Date: June 8, 2013

UPDATE: The no-swim advisory was lifted June 12, 2013


National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2013
Release No.: 2013-41
Contacts:
Christie Vanover, National Park Service, 702-283-2344
Bronson Mack, Southern Nevada Water Authority, 702-249-5518

LAKE MEAD OFFICIALS ADVISE VISITORS TO AVOID SWIMMING IN OVERTON ARM

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – A foamy substance and a number of dead carp have been observed in the Overton Arm of Lake Mead. The substance appeared to be coming from the mouth of the Virgin River and spanned approximately eight miles down to Echo Bay.

“Until we know for sure what is creating the foam and what is causing the fish to die, we advise people to stay out of the water in the Overton Arm,” said Christie Vanover, park spokesperson.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority is working with the National Park Service to acquire water samples. SNWA continues to monitor water quality at its two water treatment facilities. SNWA utilizes ozonation in its water treatment process -- ozonation breaksdown toxins and eliminates contaminates.

SNWA officials said drinking water delivered to Southern Nevadans will continue to meet or surpass the standards of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

A map of Lake Mead identifying the Overton Arm can be downloaded at http://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/upload/OvertonArm_20110101_small_file.pdf.

-NPS-

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