Swimming Pool Closes This Weekend

By Jim Shay

Updated 12:29 pm, Friday, August 25, 2017
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Click through the slideshow to see what state beaches and parks have closed swimming areas this weekend due to high bacteria count or blue algae. 

Click through the slideshow to see what state beaches and parks have closed swimming areas this weekend due to high bacteria count or blue algae. 

Photo: Connecticut Post Image 2 of 10 Buy photo Indian Well State Park in Shelton

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Indian Well State Park in Shelton Source: DEEP Photo: Autumn Driscoll Buy this photo Image 3 of 10 Buy photo Kettletown State Park in Southbury

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Kettletown State Park in Southbury Source: DEEP Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media Buy this photo Image 4 of 10 Buy photo Silver Sands State Park in Milford

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Silver Sands State Park in Milford Source: DEEP Photo: Christian Abraham, Hearst Connecticut Media Buy this photo Image 5 of 10 Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison

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Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison Source: DEEP Photo: Cassandra Day — The Middletown Press Image 6 of 10 East End at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme

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East End at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme Source: DEEP Image 7 of 10 Wadsworth Falls in Middlefield

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Wadsworth Falls in Middlefield Source: DEEP Photo: Catherine Avalone — The Middletown Press Image 8 of 10 Buy photo A flag warns beach goers at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Conn. The park remains closed to swimmers for a second day, due to the presence of bacteria in the water. Other shoreline swimming areas closed include Hammonasset in Madison and Rocky Neck in East Lyme. The swim areas at both Indian Well in Shelton and Kettletown in Southbury are closed because of toxic blue green algae. less A flag warns beach goers at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Conn. The park remains closed to swimmers for a second day, due to the presence of bacteria in the water. Other shoreline swimming areas closed ... more Photo: Autumn Driscoll / Autumn Driscoll Buy this photo Image 9 of 10 Buy photo A sign warns beach goers at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Conn. The park remains closed to swimmers for a second day, due to the presence of bacteria in the water. Other shoreline swimming areas closed include Hammonasset in Madison and Rocky Neck in East Lyme. The swim areas at both Indian Well in Shelton and Kettletown in Southbury are closed because of toxic blue green algae. less A sign warns beach goers at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Conn. The park remains closed to swimmers for a second day, due to the presence of bacteria in the water. Other shoreline swimming areas closed ... more Photo: Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media Buy this photo Image 10 of 10 Some state swimming areas closed this weekend 1 / 10 Back to Gallery

Sunny skies, warm temperatures and low humidity are in the forecast for the last weekend in August.

Sounds like a perfect time to hit the beach.

But be aware, not all state beaches are open for swimming because of either high bacteria counts or blue green algae.

Among the beaches closed are Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Hammonasset State Park in Madison and the eastern part of Rock Neck in East Lyme. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection retested the water on Friday and is expected to have results around noon Saturday.

Swimming is also not allowed at Indian Well State Park in Shelton and Kettletown in Southbury because of toxic blue green algae.

Kettletown has one of the longest closures of a state beach for blue-green algae. The swimming area, in a cove of Lake Zoar, closed to swimming Aug. 6, two days after signs were posted cautioning swimmers to avoid green film on the water.

Sherwood Island State Park is in Westport remains open for swimming.

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All town beaches along the Long Island Sound shoreline from Greenwich to Milford are also open for swimming.

According to state Department of Health’s 2016 beach report, Connecticut’s monitored beaches were safe for swimming 97.7 percent last season. Within the 72 beaches, there were 157 closure days and six advisory days during the 91-day season.

The report said that 58 percent of those closures were because of elevated bacteria levels, caused by stormwater runoff.

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What tests show at swimming areas

Local towns/district health departments and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are required to do weekly checks of water at swimming areas.

The tests are conducted from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The tests look for indicator bacteria, (Enterococci in salt water) and (E coli in fresh water). as set forth by the CT Department of Environmental Protection and the CT Department of Public Health.

Samples are analyzed for indicator bacteria, which are not disease-causing pathogens, but are one of the tools used by public health and environmental protection officials to evaluate the potential contamination of waterbodies. Indicator bacteria are used to predict the threat of waterborne illness by detecting potential contamination from fecal material of human or animal origin.

Salt water samples for Enterococci should not exceed 104 per 100 ml.

For lakes and rivers, a reading of less of 235 per 100 ml of E coli is considered safe.

Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, occur naturally in lakes and ponds throughout Connecticut. These microscopic organisms often go unnoticed and cause no harm. However, when nutrient loading exceeds certain levels, a water body can experience nuisance blue-green algae blooms that may produce and release toxins.

Many beaches are closed after a heavy rainfall because stormwater flows over land, paved streets and parking lots picking up trash, chemicals, sediment and animal waste. This polluted water flows directly into storm drains, rivers, lakes, streams and Long Island Sound elevating bacteria levels.

Although plenty of sunshine is expected on Saturday, highs will only rise into the mid to upper 70s as cooler air continues to filter into the region.

Sunday will also be sunny with a high of 75 degrees.

Source : http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Some-state-swimming-areas-closed-this-weekend-11957603.php

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