Department of Environmental Quality

Planning a trip to one of the state’s lakes, rivers, or streams this weekend? The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s Skylar McElhaney says they want you to have fun, but be cautious when swimming or boating in untreated waters. There are certain bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that could be harmful and cause anything from ear and eye infections to some forms of meningitis.

Suggestions to be safe include hold your nose or wear noseplugs when jumping into water, avoid swallowing water when swimming, and stay away from debris and storm drains.