- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials have temporarily closed Spring Lake swimming area to the public because of health and safety concerns.

The agency says in a news release that weekly tests of water found high concentrations of E Coli. E Coli is usually caused by heavy rainfall that can carry a variety of contaminants into the water, including animal waste.

Forest officials are testing the water daily and will reopen the swim areas once tests show E Coli levels have dropped to a safe level.

The area is about 20 miles southwest of Dardanelle.

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Online: www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf

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