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Tribe urges swimmers to stay clear of Lost Creek, Spring River for now

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Bacteria levels in parts of Spring River and Lost Creek are high enough that the Eastern Shawnee Tribe is urging swimmers to stay out of those waters. Parts of Center and Turkey creeks also have showed elevated bacteria levels in Jasper County. Samples drawn from the two waterways in northeastern Ottawa County, Okla., showed excess levels of the E. coli bacteria and prompted a swimming advisory until further tests show the levels have declined, according to a release issued Thursday by the tribe.