- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has temporarily closed the swimming areas of three state parks due to poor water quality.

The swimming areas of Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Day Pond State Park in Colchester and Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford were all shut down Tuesday due to high bacteria levels found in the water.

DEEP Water Quality’s Chris Bellucci says rain causes runoff that washes things into the swimming areas that can cause elevated levels of bacteria.

Officials will determine whether the swimming areas can reopen pending the outcome of tests on water samples collected from the affected parks.

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This story has been corrected to show the parks closed for swimming are in Milford, Colchester and Wallingford, and not Salem, New Fairfield and Middletown.

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