May 24, 2013
All State Park Swimming Areas Open for Memorial Day Weekend Except Gay City State Park, Hebron
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has began water quality tests of state park beaches for the summer season and all swimming areas will be open for the Memorial Day holiday weekend except Gay City State Park, Hebron.
DEEP staff collected water samples from the 23 state park swimming areas to ensure the water is safe for swimming. Results from this week’s tests of 22 swimming areas were satisfactory. The water quality results at Gay City State Park exceeded the indicator bacteria criteria. While the swim area will be closed, the public can still enjoy the trails and picnic areas at Gay City.
From now through Labor Day, DEEP will test the 23 state park swim areas weekly, including the four beaches on Long Island Sound at Hammonasset, Rocky Neck, Sherwood Island and Silver Sands State Parks and 19 inland ponds and lakes. The samples from each of these swimming areas are taken to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) laboratory to be analyzed. 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 water bodies. Results are announced weekly and advisories are issued regularly during the summer season concerning the status of these swim areas.
The public can obtain information on their favorite swimming area by:
- Visiting the water quality information page at www.ct.gov/deep/beachstatus; or
- Calling DEEP’s toll-free telephone number at 1-866-CTPARKS – option #5. There will be a recorded message indicating the status of state swimming areas.