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Stillwater's Brown's Beach re-opens

Stillwater's Brown's Beach re-opens

Bacteria levels dropped after town took action
Stillwater's Brown's Beach re-opens
Beachcomers were able to return to Browns Beach Wednesday following a cleanup and testing of Saratoga Lake waters in the area.
Photographer: GAZETTE FILE PHOTOGRAPH

STILLWATER - Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake reopened on Wednesday, after town officials said new tests showed the beach water clear of bacteria that lead to a five-day closure.

The beach was closed Friday, after daily testing found high levels of e.coli, an indication of fecal contamination in the area. A taste on Tuesday showed the water is now clean.

The town blamed the problem mostly in geese that had taken up residence nearby. Measures the town took included a crew removing weeds on either side of the beach that can retain bird feces, and placing barriers that can keep geese from moving between the water and shore.

A similar situation closed the beach for a month in 2016. The beach was purchased by the town and opened to the public in 2015, after many years of being in private hands.

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