Beach at Fish Lake Reopen After E. Coli Levels Drop
Aug 09, 2016 10:27PM
● By Doug Erlien
Fish Lake Regional Park (photo by Wendy Erlien)
Updated 10:00 a.m. Aug. 11: Three Rivers Parks have confirmed that the beach at Fish Lake has reopened after levels of E. coli bacteria returned to a range considered safe.
Updated 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10: The notification of the temporary closure is no longer posted on the Three Rivers Park District website. A request has been sent to Three Rivers Park District to determine when and if the beach has been reopened. Maple Grove Voice is awaiting response.
The beach at Fish Lake Regional Park has been temporarily closed due to elevated levels of E. coli according to an Aug. 9 post on the Three Rivers Park District website.
Sampling took place Tuesday, Aug. 9 and will continue Wednesday, Aug.10, according to Three Rivers Park District. The beach is anticipated to reopen when the levels are safe.
As part of water quality monitoring efforts, the Three Rivers Park District monitors beach water quality weekly for a variety of potential issues, including E. coli bacteria levels. Sources of E. coli sources include, according to the Three Rivers Park District website, "animal or human waste, residential water runoff and sewage spills."
"In order to ensure a safe swimming experience for park guests, our E. coli bacteria tolerance standards are more restrictive than the state guidelines," according to the Three Rivers Park District website.