Rocky Neck State Park reopens to swimming after Elsa

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Conn. (WTNH) — Swimming areas across the state and state parks are closed this week due to water quality issues and storm damage following Tropical Storm Elsa.

Thursday News 8 spoke with Chris Bellucci from DEEP who says all the rain this week cleans the ground but it can leave a mess in bodies of water.

“Pet waste…waterfowl, fertilizers, it’s kind of a surrogate measure of the soup of things that come in when it rains like that,” Bellucci said.

DEEP just took another sample Thursday. So, those results will come out Friday.

Bellucci says one way to help is to clean up after your pets and do not feed the birds (that includes ducks, geese, and seagulls).


Tuesday, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released a swimming area quality report.

A list of swimming areas and beaches within state parks are tested by DEEP weekly. Samples collected and tested within the last week indicated the presence of certain “indicator bacteria” in one location:

  • Gay City State Park in Hebron is closed (retesting will be done July 17).

Additionally, Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret swim area is closed due to maintenance.

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