Two beaches in Minneapolis are temporarily closed after regular water sampling found E. coli levels exceeded state guidelines.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) on Tuesday closed Thomas Beach on Bde Maka Ska and the Lake Hiawatha Beach due to the elevated levels of bacteria, a news release says.
E. coli levels at local beaches can rise for various reasons, with the MPRB noting in this case it's likely due to the heavy rainfall on Sunday, June 20, which led to "large amounts of stormwater" flowing into the lakes.
The MPRB says there have been no reports of illness from swimmers at the beaches.
The MPRB will resample water at beaches on Wednesday, and when bacteria levels are within state guidelines the beaches will reopen (you can find the latest water sampling test results online here).
Meanwhile, all the other MPRB public beaches are open, including North Beach and 32nd Street Beach on Bde Maka Ska, as well as 50th Street Beach and Main Beach on Lake Mokomis.
MPRB and other entities in the state routinely monitor lake water quality and proactively close beaches if bacteria levels exceed state guidelines. You can find a list of counties and organizations in Minnesota that monitor and test beaches here.