Shadow Cliffs issues water warning

'Do not swallow water,' advises Park District

The beach at Shadow Cliffs has posted warning signs about the water quality but it's not bad enough to close the swimming area, which has been popular during the recent high temperatures.

Testing at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area on July 16 showed enough E. coli in the lake near both the left and right lifeguard chairs to warrant a yellow light warning on the Park District website,

"It's actually just slightly elevated levels in there but this is not unexpected in the summer season," said East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman Emily Hopkins.

The water is tested for E. coli and fecal matter weekly April through October and twice a month November through March, Hopkins said. Swimming is allowed year-round.

"There is an increased health risk for swimming and wading. Bacteria results do NOT meet the State Health Standards," states the website.

The beach would be closed if conditions worsen, and a red light warning would be given. If the water quality improves, the beach will receive a green light to indicate bacteria testing results are within the State Health Standard Limits.

"Beach water contact may cause illness," the warning explains. "Do not swallow water. Shower and towel dry after water contact. There is always some risk with beach water contact. Water quality conditions can change at any time."

For more information call (510) 544-2328.


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Posted by Lives nearby
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

That's gross. I always knew the water wasn't looking too good. Now we have proof of it. There has got to be a better way to ensure that the water stays healthy. Tomorrow there is a tri for fun triathalon at shadow cliffs! They will have to swim in the unhealthy water!

Thanks for putting this story on Patch so the community knows about it.

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Posted by jasper
a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

good thing I went fishing before they put the sign up.

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Posted by KMoe
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

The EB Parks and Rec posts water quality updates on their web site regularly....definitely check if you will be visiting.

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Posted by Been There
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2012 at 12:40 am

This is actually disgusting. I would not want to be someone who has trained for the Triathalon. One of our friends did it a few years ago but we would certainty warn him if he were doing it this year.

How does the lake become infested with eColi, anyway?

Oh, right. That's how.


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Posted by Debbie D
a resident of Dublin
on Aug 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

My 3 daughters just tested positive for eColi. Please have your child checked if they have any problems using the restroom (burning sensations or need to void excessively). The doctor's in-office urinalysis did NOT catch it. When the sample went out for a culture, it came back positive and the kids are now on antibiotics.

Please ask your children if they are having difficulty urinating and tell you doctor where the kids have been and about the water warnings.

Good luck!

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