For many, Labor Day weekend is one of the last chances to get out on the water as summer comes to a close. Thanks to the Coosa Riverkeeper, those looking to take a dip in the Coosa River can check the water quality at more than 25 locations along the waterway in Alabama.

A few of those spots are in Gadsden, and those swimming holes are safe to swim in this week, according to the Riverkeeper’s weekly Swim Guide published on Friday.

The Gadsden Riverfront, Lake Gadsden and Rainbow Landing in Rainbow City all show good swimming conditions, with minimal readings of E. coli bacteria and normal pH readings. The water is warm, too, with Thursday’s readings showing 75.4 degrees, 80.8 degrees and 84.6 degrees respectively. The water may look a little cloudy in those spots because of turbidity, which is caused by soil running off during rains. Still, the turbidity readings for Gadsden spots are lower than other readings along the river.

Hokes Bluff Mill Pond also reported low levels of E. coli, but the 64.4-degree water will provide for a colder swim this weekend. Big Wills Creek reported 125.9 MPN per 100 milliliters of E. coli, which is significantly higher than many other spots, but did not reach the threshold of moderate risk this week.

Other areas did report high levels of the fecal bacteria, though, with 228.2 at both Big Canoe Creek in Ashville and Middle Choccolocco and 151.5 at Hatchet Creek Park.

A high-risk alert was sent out for Little Canoe Creek, which read 261.3 on the E. coli scale this week. Big Canoe and Little Canoe have been prone to high E. coli readings all season this year because of the amount of livestock waste that runs off into the creeks, the Riverkeeper suspects.

The Riverkeeper monitors water conditions each week throughout the spring and summer months. This Labor Day weekend marks the end of this year’s testing, but the group will be back at it as soon as the water starts warming up next year.

For this week’s full report and for more information on the Coosa Riverkeeper, visit www.coosariver.org/swimguide