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ADEM posts swim advisory for beach in Fairhope

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FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) -

The city of Fairhope and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) are testing water samples from a stretch of beach on Mobile Bay on Monday, June 08, 2015. There is now a swim advisory posted at the Orange Street Pier. An ADEM representative said it's just precautionary while water samples are tested.

Concern was raised and then spread after Fairhope resident, Elliott Gordon posted video to Facebook of what he said looked like human waste along the shoreline. As of Sunday, June 7, 2015 that video had been viewed almost 34,000 times and shared nearly 900 times. Fairhope city officials also saw the video and decided to take precautionary measures as well.

“We have taken samples of this and we have sent it off to the lab and it may be a week or two before we get those results back,” said Fairhope City Councilman, Jack Burrell.

Gordon's concern when he saw the feces on the beach was that it was human waste and he thought people should know it's there.

“If this is going on now then how often is this floating around? I mean not necessarily on the shore all the time, but floating around...what's the source,” Gordon said on Sunday.

City officials said the first thing they did Monday morning was to check and see if there had been any sewage spills that would have created the problem.

“We had no raw sewage spills. No lift stations failed at any point of time over the weekend. We've had no sewage spills at the sewage treatment plant,” Burrell said.

ADEM is taking water samples at the beach as a precautionary measure, but if you talk to some of the locals, they're pretty certain they already know who or what the culprit is.

“Just geese. Just geese, nothing else,” said Fairhope resident, Vories Pittman assuredly. “I walk this every day, two or three times a day. I walk this beach and the one at the big pier. It's nothing.”

Tina McGough even took it upon herself to do her own low-tech research to find an answer.

“When we Googled it, it said that Canadian Geese feces looks almost identical to human feces and that each goose in a flock will take a poop every 20 minutes, so if you have a huge flock and they follow that pattern, you're going to get a beach full of Canadian Geese poop,” McGough explained.

Burrell agreed and said there have been some jubilees along that stretch of beach over the last few days and that more than likely attracted the geese for an easy meal.

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