The Department of Environmental Conservation says an advisory issued for the Kenai North Beach earlier this month has been lifted after bacteria levels returned to normal in the water.

Elevated levels of enterococci bacteria and fecal coliform were found in water samples taken at the location on June 4, causing the department to issue an advisory. Water samples collected on June 11 and 18 at the five different monitoring locations showed decreased levels of the bacteria, allowing the advisory to be lifted on June 20.

Map courtesy Department of Environmental Conservation

Water quality samples were collected at the following locations:

•     North Kenai Beach

•     South Kenai Beach

•     Kenai River Gull Rookery 1 (60.53660N, 151.25400W)

•     Kenai River Gull Rookery 2 (60.55180N, 15124400W)

•     Warren Ames Bridge

The DEC says the source of the increased bacteria in this case was likely birds, although it can come from any warmblooded animal.

Angela Krenzien contributed information to this story.

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