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Beach Still Closed: Elevated Bacteria Levels Found At Squantz Pond

Squantz Pond State Park Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The beach at Squantz Pond State Park is closed to swimmers for at least the next week. Photo Credit: File

NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Hoping to take the plunge this summer weekend with a visit to the beach? Scratch Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield off your list.

The beach at the very popular state park is closed effective immediately due to elevated bacteria levels in the water in the lake. And it will remain closed into next week.

The levels exceed the limit established for safe swimming, and the area will be closed throughout the weekend and into next week, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The swim area will remain closed until levels are safe. The next water sample will be done on Thursday, July 13, with results due by Friday, July 14. That means the beach will be closed to swimming for at least a week.

Gardner Lake State Park in Salem is also closed to swimming due to bacteria levels.

Samples are taken at all swim areas at state parks on a weekly basis during the summer by DEEP staff. The results are analyzed at the Department of Public Health Lab for the presence of certain indicator bacteria.

Indicator bacteria are not disease-causing pathogens, but are one of the tools used by the state to evaluate the potential for contamination of waterbodies.

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