Authorities: Lake May Smell Bad But Water is Safe
As water levels on Big Sandy Lake continue to drop following major flooding in June, residents have been worried that a smell coming from the lake is connected to health concerns.
Bob Bruer has lived on the lake for more than 20 years.
"What I’m worried about is the water quality in this lake," he says.
Residents have made calls to local leaders and state health officials expressing their concerns.
Aitkin County Sheriff Scott Turner says he knows about the worry.
"We have been getting several calls throughout the process from people who have that concern," he said.
The sheriff says his office requested that the lake be checked. Staff with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency tested seven different sites on Big Sandy for common problems like coliform bacteria and ecoli and didn't find any samples that showed threats to humans.
That's comforting news to homeowner Bruer.
"I'm really glad to find out that this water is OK," he said.