Bacteria close some Connecticut beaches

This beach was open in 2013. High bacteria counts often close beaches.

HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH) — There’s no fighting for a spot on the beach at Gay City State Park because there’s no swimming allowed right now.

If you take a close look at the water you see a lot of feathers on the beach and floating around in the water. Water fowl is often the reason small ponds like this are off limits to swimmers because bacteria levels are too high.

Jameson Barry and his brother Emmett came from Glastonbury to go swimming at the Hebron Park. He said he didn’t know the park was closed to swimming. “I was kind of disappointed,” he said. Fortunately the brothers brought their fishing poles too.

Emmett Barry says, “I caught 13 so far.”

Gay City State Park in Hebron along with Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret both remain closed to swimmers. East Beach at Rocky Neck just reopened Friday morning in time for an expected busy weekend. That beach had been closed for more than two weeks already this summer and more than a week last summer.

Birds in the nearby Bride Brook, which empties into the beach, are blamed for those bacteria levels. While Rocky Neck reopens, you may want to bring your fishing gear if you head to Hebron or Pomfret.

The water isn’t expected to be tested again until next week, so both swimming areas will remain closed through the weekend.

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