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New England District’s Hop Brook Lake beach closed due to water bacteria levels

Published July 10, 2023
Updated: July 10, 2023

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District announced today that the swimming area at Hop Brook Lake in Middlebury, Conn., is closed until further notice.

The closure is the result of water quality testing which indicated that bacteria levels in the lake exceed Connecticut State Standards. The beach has been closed as a precautionary measure based on anticipated water quality problems due to an increase in pool level, increased water turbidity because of almost 1.5 inches of heavy rainfall, and run-off received on July 9 and 10. Based on historical data, water quality problems have previously developed in the lake as a result of heavy amounts of rainfall over short periods of time.

USACE will test the swimming area regularly and reopen the beach when test results are satisfactory. The majority of the Hop Brook Lake recreation area remains open daily for picnicking, hiking and other recreational activities until Sept. 10, 2023.

For more information, call (203) 729-8840 or visit the Hop Brook Lake website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Hop-Brook-Lake/.  

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Bryan Purtell

Release no. 23-021