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Popular kayak, fishing spot off limits due to E. coli

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The Scantic River in Enfield. (WFSB photo) The Scantic River in Enfield. (WFSB photo)

A popular river to kayak and fish in Enfield is now a breeding ground for E. coli, according to town officials.

People are being warned to stay out of the Scantic River.

It's a spot to which people have enjoyed coming for relaxation.

"We're here from Florida and just doing a little fishing," said Brian Panico from Florida.

As serene as it looks, E. coli levels were measured at four times higher than last week.

"There has been some concern with this weeks results in particular because the numbers are higher than we've seen for the rest of the summer," said Dr. Kirsten Martin, University of St. Joseph assistant professor of biology.

Martin said she volunteers with the Scantic River Watershed Association to test water at different locations.

She said the elevated levels could be due to the lack of rainfall.

"Whatever is getting into the Scantic is staying there," she said. "It's not having a chance to wash further upstream and go out."

Martin said people shouldn't panic. However, she recommended staying out of the water for swimming and boating.

Some, though, chose to enjoy the water regardless.

"Obviously staying out of the water, but just trying to catch a fish," Panico said. "That's all."

"Well, since I"m going to be in a boat, it's not going to bother me too much and I'm not going to go swimming," said Sonya Vickers of Massachusetts.

The water is set to be tested again next week.

The hope is that with a bit more rain, the problem will naturally sort itself out.

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