Human feces in Okla. River
OKLAHOMA CITY — On Monday the Wakeboarding Championships had to be moved to Guthrie after high bacteria levels were found in the Oklahoma river.
The city said the primary source of contamination was cows and other animals.
The Oklahoma Secretary of State Jim Reese said that isn’t true.
According to the last report he could find that was done by the EPA, after the triathlon swimmers got sick in 2009, the main culprit was not cattle.
“I just want to clarify that livestock are not a proven cause of bacteria in the Oklahoma River. The key marker was human fecal bacteria, it wasn’t animal at all.”
The EPA report showed ruminant fecal (which includes cattle) were low.
The human fecal count was in “high” abundance.
“The city doesn’t dispute that there are, at times, human waste in the river,” Kristy Yager, spokesperson for Oklahoma City, said. “We do know that there are two trailer parks that are on the river and our concerns are they are sources of contamination in the river. The DEQ has the permit with them to discharge so we don’t monitor it, but we’re very concerned about it.”
DEQ said those parks are both monitored on a seasonal basis.
They also told us one of the parks is planning to hook up to the city’s sewer system very soon.