NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 5, 2019) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that Ragland Bottom Day Use Beach at Center Hill Lake in Smithville, Tenn., is reopened as water conditions have returned to acceptable levels.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers at Center Hill Lake closed the beach abruptly Aug. 2, 2019 due to elevated levels of Escherichia coli (E. Coli.). The two other designated swimming areas at Floating Mill Recreation Area tested in the normal range and remained open.
Droppings from non-migrating geese are suspected to be the culprit of the high bacteria levels at Ragland Bottom and measures are being taken to prevent future occurrences. Visitors are encouraged not to feed geese around designated swimming beaches and are asked to report any health related illness to local county health departments.
The Nashville District routinely tests water quality throughout the recreation season at its designated beaches and swimming areas at all 10 lakes in the Cumberland River Basin. For more information about water quality in Tennessee, please visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/wr-water-resources/water-quality.html. For more information about water quality in Kentucky, please visit https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Pages/default.aspx.
(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps. The public can also follow Center Hill Lake on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/centerhilllake.)
Release no. 19-027