E. coli closes Stillwater beach

August 13, 2019 02:09 PM

STILLWATER - Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake has fallen victim to high levels of bacteria in the water. It's been closed since Friday.

The last time this beach was closed for this reason was back in 2016. Back then, it was closed for an entire month, but the hope is that will not be the case this time around.

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Officials say high levels of E. coli could be from birds and foul in the area it could also be from humans.

Town Supervisor Ed Kinowski tells NewsChannel 13 in the past they've found dirty diapers and boaters who have illegally and carelessly cleaned and emptied their on board toilets close to the beach.

The New York State Department of Health has mandated water testing procedures and oversees the results.

Right now, this is the only area that seems to be having issues. However, it is also one of the only public swimming beaches in this lake so getting it reopened is a priority.

Protocol now is to test the water every day until levels are once again in the normal range.

It typically takes 48 hours to get those test results back, so Kinowski says the earliest the beach will reopen is Wednesday.

Brown’s Beach at Saratoga Lake is closed due to E. coli in the water. Stillwater Town Supervisor says the earliest they may reopen is Wednesday pending water tests. @WNYT

— Jacquie Slater (@jacquieslater) August 12, 2019


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