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Kettletown won’t reopen for swimming this season

August 29, 2018

Kettletown State Park in Southbury will not reopen to swimmers this season.

The swimming area closed Aug. 3 when a blue-green algae bloom appeared. The bloom never disappeared and instead worsened at certain points this month.

The final water quality report was issued by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wednesday and listed Kettletown’s swimming are closed.

Blue-green aglae, or cyanobacteria, can produce a toxin that’s harmful to people and pets if ingested. It can cause kidney problems and skin irritation.

The federal cyanotoxin limit that prompts beach closures is 4 parts per billion. Kettletown and Jackson Cove in Oxford have continually tested over 5.25 parts per billion since the Aug. 3 bloom appeared. Eichlers Cove in Newtown has also tested above the federal level on and off since then. All three are on the Housatonic River.

This is the second continuous year that Kettletown closed to swimming in August and didn’t reopen for the season.

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