PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh City Beach is hoping to re-open on Wednesday after being closed for four days.
The beach was closed last Saturday as a precaution after heavy rains on Thursday, Aug. 9, affected the water quality. Levels of enterococcus, a bacteria, were found when the city tested the water last Friday.
"The test came back Saturday morning and showed levels were in there, so we closed as a precaution," Recreation Director Steve Peters said.
Peters said Monday's tests showed that the levels were going down and he hoped Tuesday's tests will show that the water will be safe for bathing again on Wednesday.
The city is required to test the beach water whenever heavy rains cause the Cumberland Avenue sewer pump station to overflow, which happened last week.
The closure had nothing to do with recent reports of algae blooms in other portions of Lake Champlain, Peters said.
While the water has been off limits, the beach remains open for other activities, such as sunbathing, picnicking and volleyball.
There is no fee for entrance to the beach when the water is off limits.