Downtown Vancouver

Klineline Pond reopens for swimming after lower E. coli levels found

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark County Public Health reopened Klineline Pond to swimmers on Saturday.

The popular pond was closed Thursday after tests found E. coli bacteria in the water. The pond is routinely tested and results showed elevated levels of the bacteria.

The latest lab results "indicated that E. coli levels are within acceptable limits," the health department said in a news release.

E. coli is a bacterial infection that can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that may be bloody.

Clark County Public Health spokesman Don Strick says they will continue to test the water in the pond every two weeks this summer.

“We strongly urge parents not to not take diapered children or those who haven’t been potty trained into the water,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. “We also advise people who catch fish at Klineline Pond to always cook the fish completely, whether or not a health advisory has been issued. Any body of water can become contaminated.”