Two state parks have reopened after tests revealed the presence of indicator bacteria, according to environmental officials.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reported on Saturday that the swimming areas at Wadsworth Falls State Park and Mashamoquet Brook State Park have reopened.

Gay City, Mashamoquet Brook, and Wadsworth Falls State Parks closed on June 21 after DEEP collected samples that detected indicator bacteria.

"These swimming areas are being retested [Friday], with results expected back by midday on Saturday," said Chris Collibee, director of communications, DEEP. "An updated swimming area report will be sent out once those results are back."

DEEP has been testing the water following Tuesday's storms. The first closed the swimming portions of the parks on Thursday.

The concerns were over bacteria, which DEEP said were not disease-carrying pathogens.

However, they are a tool used to evaluate the potential for contaminated water bodies.

Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford remains entirely closed due to damage from tornadoes that touched down back in May.

DEEP said Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, Sherwood Island State Park in Westport and Silver Sands State Park in Milford are open.

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