The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced Friday morning that the Right Bank Recreation Area Beach at Cheatham Lake in Ashland City has been reopened because water conditions have returned to acceptable levels.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers at Cheatham Lake closed the beach unexpectedly last Wednesday due to elevated levels of Escherichia coli (E. Coli.).
Droppings from ducks are suspected to be the culprit of the high bacteria levels and measures are being taken to prevent future occurrences, according to a Army Corps news release. Visitors are encouraged not to feed the ducks or geese around designated swimming beaches.
The Nashville District routinely tests water quality throughout the recreation season at its beaches and swimming areas at all 10 lakes in the Cumberland River Basin.
For more information, call the Cheatham Lake Resource Manager’s Office at (615) 792-5697.