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Twin Cities beach closed down after E.coli found in water

The Lake Minnewashta Regional Park Beach is closed till further notice.

A popular beach has been shut down after elevated levels of E.coli were found in the water.

Carver County announced that the Lake Minnewashta Regional Park Beach will be closed until further notice as a precaution.

It follows "elevated results of E.coli bacteria in water testing."

The beach will re-open once tests are within acceptable thresholds, with Carver County advising visitors to use the beach at Lake Waconia Regional Park instead.

The 340-acre Lake Minnewashta Regional Park can be found in Excelsior, taking up much of the east side of Lake Minnewashta.

There are several reasons that elevated E.coli levels can be found in Minnesota's lakes, with the University of Minnesota's Health Talk saying human waste, bird droppings, agricultural runoff and naturally occurring E.coli in the soil are all possible sources.

Even when E.coli levels are higher than safety thresholds, Health Talk says it's still unlikely that it would make you sick.

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