Chatfield State Park's swim beach reopened Sunday after water quality tests, performed to meet Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment …
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Chatfield State Park's swim beach reopened Sunday after water
quality tests, performed to meet Colorado Department of Public
Health and Environment (CDPHE) requirements, showed bacteria well
within the allowable limits, said Keith Kahler, Chatfield State
Park's Assistant Manager. The swim beach had temporarily closed on
Saturday due to bacteria levels over the allowable limit.
"These tests are performed at least once a week to protect the
public," said Kahler. The high levels of the bacteria, E. coli, may
have occurred due to recent heavy rains and high
Each of the previous closures this summer occurred after heavy
rains in the area washed over thousands of acres, including fields,
lawns, streets, sidewalks and businesses, and drained into
Chatfield. In every instance, the swim beach reopened when
subsequent water tests indicated that E. coli levels were within
the acceptable standards and no public safety issues were
Water quality testing in natural swimming areas is mandated by the
CDPHE and the Colorado Board of Health.
Park staff members who test the water quality at Chatfield Lake are
trained to properly obtain the samples. For more information about
the swim beach, visit www.parks.state.co.us.
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