Three state parks remain closed as CT DEEP tests for water quality, performs repairs

In this file poto, Indian Well State Park in Shelton, Conn. in 2017.

In this file poto, Indian Well State Park in Shelton, Conn. in 2017.

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media file

Several state parks remain closed to swimming following the impact Tropical Storm Elsa had on the quality of water, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Gay City State Park in Hebron is closed and is slated for retesting on July 20 with results available on July 21, according to DEEP.

Indian Well State Park in Shelton is closed due to storm damage, the agency said. Mashamoquet Brook State Park’s swim area is also closed due to maintenance, according to the State Swimming Area Water Quality Report release Saturday.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which manages state parks, collects samples weekly to analyze for the presence of certain indicator bacteria.

“Samples are collected weekly by DEEP staff and are analyzed at the Department of Public Health Lab for the presence of certain indicator bacteria,” the agency said in a release Saturday, also noting, “indicator bacteria are not disease-causing pathogens but are one of the tools used by public health and environmental protection authorities to evaluate the potential for contamination of waterbodies.”