'No swimming' advisory lifted for cove on Lake Cornelius

'No swimming' advisory lifted for cove on Lake Cornelius

CORNELIUS, N.C. — A no swimming advisory has been lifted for a cove on Lake Cornelius, which is a part of Lake Norman, between Davidson Street in Cornelius and Catawba Avenue in Davidson.

Officials said the advisory was issued last week after routine checks by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services detected high bacteria levels.

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The county said goose droppings spiked bacteria levels, including E. coli, making it dangerous for swimmers.

The water in Lake Norman was as high as 92 degrees Thursday afternoon. Water quality expert Rusty Rozzelle said the heat may be worsening bacteria levels.

“Warm water does promote increase bacteria growth, including water that is relatively stagnant which is what we have at Lake Cornelius. That also promotes bacteria growth,” Rozzelle said.

Officials said the latest water samples show bacteria counts are within safe limits.