Water quality issues linger at Gardner Lake – News – The Bulletin – Connecticut News

Water quality issues linger at Gardner Lake – News – The Bulletin – Connecticut News

SALEM — There have been a lot of changes at Gardner Lake State Park in the past month, but some things have remained the same.

For the second time since July, the lake has been closed to swimming after high amounts of bacteria were found during a water quality test last week.

Results from Thursday’s test by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are expected today. Swimming at the lake will re-open once the water’s bacteria levels are found to be average.

Salem First Selectman Kevin Lyden said the swimming closures happen every summer. 

After poor water quality results, the state will post a yellow line of tape to hinder entrance to the swimming area. Sometimes the closure lasts only a week, sometimes longer, DEEP communications director Dennis Schain said.

According to Schain, last week’s water quality test reported high levels of bacteria in the lake. High bacteria levels, Schain said, are usually caused by stormwater runoff that collects pollutants from surrounding litter, animal waste or pavement.

Lyden is hopeful recent changes at the park will help improve water quality.

The state has posted signs prohibiting alcohol and also dropped off a large trash container near the boat launch. The additions were made after recurring requests from Lyden and a letter from state Sen. Paul Formica signed by eight local representatives.

“We can’t control the natural aspects, but we can try to control the people aspect,” Lyden said. “Between the Dumpster and the alcohol ban, it has to make it cleaner and more enjoyable.”

Joan Ginker, of Bozrah, was at the state park…

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