NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2020) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that the Right Bank Recreation Area Beach at Cheatham Lake in Ashland City, Tennessee, is reopened as water conditions have returned to acceptable levels.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers at Cheatham Lake closed the beach abruptly Sept. 9, 2020 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. 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 designated beaches and swimming areas at all 10 lakes in the Cumberland River Basin. For more information about water quality in Tennessee, please visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/wr-water-resources/water-quality.html. For more information about water quality in Kentucky, please visit https://eec.ky.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water/Pages/default.aspx.
The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps. The public can also follow Cheatham lake on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cheathamlake.)
Release no. 20-112