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Cascade Lake Beach temporarily closed due to bacteria levels

Cascade Lake Beach closed sign
Courtesy: City of Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- Cascade Lake Beach is temporarily closing after testing found elevated levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

The Parks & Recreation Department found elevated bacteria levels after testing the water in the past week and posted warning signs, the City of Rochester said.

The City said the latest test results received on Wednesday found bacteria levels "considerably higher." This reportedly led the Parks & Recreation Department to close the beach until test results indicate it is safe to reopen.

The City said excessive rainfall, extreme heat in shallow water and wildlife are common causes for bacteria levels to increase.

“We take seriously our role in ensuring our parks and recreation facilities are safe for our residents and visitors," Parks & Recreation Director Paul Widman said in a news release. "As such, we have been taking the needed steps as the bacteria levels have been monitored. We will provide an updated communication to the community when levels return to a state where we can safely open the beach and lake.”

The City said the Parks & Recreation Department regularly take water samples for testing at City beaches to determine if bacteria levels are above standard levels.

The City added that the water will be tested again on Monday, and results will be available on Tuesday.

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