TOBYHANNA, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Local state park officials have been busy getting ready for weeks making sure that the beaches and the water are safe for everyone.
With temperatures on the rise and Memorial Day this weekend, people are going to head out to local beaches and state parks this summer.
“The commonwealth of Pennsylvania we have 121 of these facilities. I’ve been in a lot of them and there isn’t a bad one in the bunch,” stated Lee Dillon, Tobyhanna State Park Manager.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has been busy testing local lakes to make sure they are safe for the public to swim in.
“For the lake water we really only test it during the swimming season and in the swimming area unless we see a need in another area,” explained Dillon.
While algae blooms are possible they aren’t the main thing officials are worried about.
“On a normal summer really we’re looking for bacteria. Anything that can get people sick,” said Dillon.
One of the biggest drivers in causing bacterial problems in lakes is actually the weather.
“Heavy rainstorms tend to kick up turbidity and mix up the water and everything else. When you see those conditions happening those are usually pretty good indicators that a potential failure in the testing is coming,” explained Dillon.
But the responsibility of keeping our local lakes and waterways clean and healthy isn’t just on park officials.
“Clean up after yourselves, and put your trash in the trash cans or the dumpsters located throughout the park. Keep it out of the waterways. And follow the regulations and the rules if you see the beach closed for your own safety,” stated Dillon.
Park officials also encourage you to call ahead if you plan to camp this weekend as many of their facilities are booked for Memorial Day.