Swimmers urged to avoid popular north Mecklenburg cove due to high bacteria levels

Swimmers should continue to avoid a popular north Mecklenburg cove this weekend due to high harmful bacteria levels, government officials warned.

Lake Norman YMCA is on the banks of the affected cove on Lake Cornelius, which is part of Lake Norman, officials with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services said in a news release. Interstate 77 divides Lake Cornelius from the rest of Lake Norman.

The cove with the no swimming advisory is between Davidson Street in Cornelius and Catawba Avenue in Davidson.

Officials issued the advisory on Thursday, after staff found bacteria “to be elevated above acceptable levels for human contact,” according to the news release, which didn’t specify the type of bacteria.

No swimming advisories for parts of Lake Norman in years past have involved high E. coli bacteria counts. The bacteria eventually dissipates in the ever-moving waters of the lake, which is part of the Catawba River.

“An ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the source of the elevated bacteria levels,” officials said in the release.

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