St. Lucie River Reopens For Swimmers After Bacteria Clears
The entire St. Lucie River is open for swimming for the first time in a year after bacteria levels have dropped to an acceptable level.
Portions of the river had been closed because of high levels of bacteria caused by human or animal feces. The bacteria are found in storm water and can come from sewage, pets and wildlife.
Contact with high levels of the bacteria can cause upset stomachs, diarrhea, eye irritation and rashes.