3 State Swimming Areas Reopen, 1 Still Closed for Water Quality Concerns


Three state swimming area have reopened on Saturday after being closed due to water quality concerns.

According to DEEP, Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, Kettletown State Park in Southbury and Gardner Lake State Park in Salem are all open again. High bacteria levels from recent rain forced the state to issue temporary no swimming orders on Friday.

The swimming area at Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret will remain closed. It is unclear when it may reopen.

DEEP is also reminding residents to take precautions when at any swim area. They recommend following all posted beach rules and being aware of underwater hazards. According to DEEP, natural swimming areas can have sudden drop-offs, inshore holes, large rocks or tree roots that can't be easily seen from the surface and can be hazardous when jumping and diving.

Parents are also encouraged to always watch their children and only swim in designated swim areas where lifeguards can see you. 

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