POMFRET, CT (WFSB) - A swimming area at one state park will be off limits until later this month.

According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Mashamoquet State Park's swimming area in Pomfret will be closed until June 19.

It said the reason is higher than normal bacteria levels.

The rest of the park will be open for visitors.

DEEP said water samples are collected at state park swimming areas across the state each week and are tested for the presence of certain indicator bacteria.

It said indicator bacteria are not disease-causing pathogens, but are one of the tools used by public health and environmental protection authorities to evaluate the potential for contaminated water bodies.

More information about Mashamoquet Brook State Park can be found on DEEP's website here.

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