In 2007, the Marine Sanitation Program took the responsibility of administering the Arkansas Swim Beach Program, having 140 swim beach sites. This program consists of reviewing proposed site plans for new swim beaches, conducting sanitary survey inspections, and collection of initial E. coli bacterial samples at proposed sites.
The Program also monitors all sample results submitted to the Public Health Lab and advises the State Parks Commission, Environmental Health specialists, U.S. Forest Service, both the Little Rock and Vicksburg Corps of Engineer Districts, and all private swim beaches with status of opening or closing beaches to swimmers.
The Bacteriological Standards are as follows to comply with the recommendations of EPA:
When the E. coli density of any sample collected exceeds 126 per 100 ml. daily samples shall immediately be collected and analyzed for E. coli for at least two consecutive E. coli samples.
Should unforeseen conditions such as high water levels due to heavy rain prevent the collection of samples, you may submit in either of the weeks scheduled for resamples.
The state’s recreational vacation tourism ad campaign highlighting Arkansas’ 600,000 acres of lakes and rivers coupled with the state’s nationally marketed water craft industries has been successful in triggering a rapid growth in the number of boats, marina operations and community docks on Arkansas waterways.
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