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High Bacteria Levels in Ashland Creek in Lithia Park

Ashland Creek in Lithia Park UPDATE: As of August 18, 2023, the water quality in all of Ashland Creek is safe to be in. 

High bacteria levels detected in Ashland Creek near the children’s playground in Lithia Park. 
Bacteria and parasites are present in every open body of water (ponds, creeks, rivers, lakes) at all times. Currently, there is an elevated level of E. coli bacteria in Ashland Creek near the children’s playground in Lithia Park. It is strongly recommended that no one wade, bathe or swim in this area of Ashland Creek.
Please do not hesitate to contact Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) with questions: 541.488.5340, You may also contact the Jackson County Health Department at 541.774.8206 for further information.
APRC will continue to re-evaluate water quality and lift the ban as soon as it is possible.  

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Released August 10, 2023 

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