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Mill Creek Cleaner, But Some E. Coli Remains

The City of The Dalles has removed notices posted along Mill Creek warning of E. Coli contamination, but is also reminding people the water still contains E. Coli and other pathogens from various sources.  Repairs to a sewer main last week drastically reduced the amount of E. Coli in Mill Creek, with tests Thursday finding 157 organisms per 100 milliliters of water, way down from the over 2400 prior to the repair, but still above the chronic water quality standard of 126.  City officials say monitoring last year by the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District showed 30 percent of the samples collected from Mill Creek upstream from the “mystery pipe” that was dispensing large amounts of contaminated water into the creek contained E. Coli from sources outside the City at levels greater that acute water quality standard of 406 per 100 milliliters.  Care should always be taken in contacting surface waters, and the water should never be consumed without treatment.

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Columbia River Weather

Air Stagnation Advisory

Issued:
9:47 AM PST on February 12, 2016
Expires:
10:00 AM PST on February 13, 2016
Overcast
Currently
48°
Chance of Rain
Friday 50%
High 51° / Low 39°
Chance of Rain
Saturday 50%
High 52° / Low 43°
Overcast
Sunday 20%
High 56° / Low 49°