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Ogeechee Riverkeeper tests water levels at Dasher's Landing

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The Ogeechee Riverkeeper is testing water levels at Dasher's Landing, a sampling that comes at a good time after the family of a Bryan County man said he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while fishing there.

The Riverkeeper was planning on testing the water out there long before reports of the disease, and the  organization said they are out there trying to get a baseline for what the normal makeup of the water is, data which becomes so important in the event they have to test for toxins or bacteria in the water.

On Monday workers with the Ogeechee Riverkeeper were taking samples from the water at Dasher's Landing, measuring things like the acidity and oxygen levels.

The riverkeepers said the Dasher's Landing area of the Ogeechee River has not been regularly monitored for at least the past year, and they are trying to add it to the Adopt-a-Stream program in order to get it on a monthly monitoring schedule.

While they do test for several things, the riverkeeper said it would be nearly impossible to test for every bacteria that can cause necrotizing fasciitis, but said there are ways to stay safe in the river.

"If you have open cuts or sores, it's a good idea to have those covered and try and keep them dry," said Watershed Outreach Coordinator Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman. "Certainly you'll want to clean those when you get out of the water. If you sustain cuts or abrasions while you're in the water, when you get home, take the time to clean them thoroughly and keep an eye on them."

The riverkeeper also said you should try to wear shoes to avoid stepping on things that can cut you, and it is always a good idea to go out with a buddy in case you do get hurt or ill.

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