Boulder Reservoir swim beach is closed because of elevated E. coli levels

Posted at 11:26 AM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-03 22:08:12-04

Imagine getting your children all geared up to go swimming, only to have to change plans minutes before jumping in the water.

It’s a tough parenting task, especially for those who are trying to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Boulder Reservoir.

“Barbeque, swim, bring all the little kids and have them you know, in the little area that everyone could swim with their floaties and their life jackets,” said Amber Cavalcanti, who’s celebrating a 16th and 14th birthday party at the reservoir.

Boulder Parks and Recreation directors said the swim beach is closed through at least 5 p.m. Monday afternoon after two of the three tested areas of the reservoir came up with elevated levels of E. coli.

Boating is still allowed because typically those who are water skiing or wake boarding aren’t in the water as long as swimmers are.

But the closure has many finding other ways to spend their time.

“We’ve just been playing volleyball, listening to music and hang[ing] out with our families,” said Kelly Lopez, who’s celebrating her 16th birthday.

Tests conducted Sunday still showed elevated levels of bacteria.  


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