Indian Well State Park has been closed after bacteria were found in the water

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Two women ride their inflatable canoes on Lake Housatonic at Indian Well State Park in Shelton, Connecticut August 7, 2018. Indian Well State Park in Shelton was closed on Tuesday after officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection cleared an indicator found bacteria in the water.

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Indian Well State Park in Shelton was closed Tuesday after state officials found bacteria in the water, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

DEEP staff will test the state park’s waters again on Wednesday and expect the results to be available Thursday.

All state coastal and inland swimming areas are open except for Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret. The state park will remain closed for maintenance for the 2022 season, DEEP said.

DEEP’s Roz Grzywinski said this will be the final week for water quality testing.

Each week, DEEP employees collect samples from swimming areas across the state, which are then analyzed by the Department of Health. DPH looks for the presence of certain indicator bacteria — such as E. coli on freshwater beaches and enterococci on saltwater beaches — that help assess the potential contamination of bodies of water, according to environmental analyst Tracy Lizotte.

“In general, these bacteria are not considered a pathogen, but are a tool used by health and environmental officials to assess potential fecal contamination,” Lizotte assured.


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