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Posted 8/16/2013

Release no. 13-060

Mark Green

HAVANA, Ark. – The Corps of Engineers, Blue Mountain Project Office has closed Waveland Park swim beach until further notice.  The temporary closure is the result of higher than acceptable E. coli levels that were found during routine testing conducted by the Arkansas Department of Health. 

According to Corps officials, the high bacteria level is a result of heavy rains and possible fecal material from the resident flocks of geese.   The Corps has posted signs and swimming will not be allowed at this location until test results indicate it is safe to do so.

Corps officials said the main body of water has not been tested but is not believed to have elevated bacterial levels.  

For more information on the status of other recreation areas on Blue Mountain Lake log on to or call the Blue Mountain Project Office at 479-947-2372, Monday through  Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For information about recreation on Little Rock District waters, find us on Facebook at, and on twitter at