The beaches had been closed earlier in the week after water testing showed unsafe levels of bacteria.
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With a heat advisory for Independence Day and a forecast for temperatures in the nineties in Connecticut, many residents headed for the state’s beaches
Fifty state parks have re-opened since the remnants of Hurricane Irene blew across Connecticut, and the eight state park beaches have reopened after tests showed satisfactory water quality.
Run-off from recent heavy rains has led to elevated bacteria levels at beaches at some Connecticut state parks, and that has prompted the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to close the swimming areas.
This Fourth of July is proving to be a popular day to head for the state’s parks and beaches, with parking areas filling up at a variety of spots.
A report shows water samples taken at Connecticut beaches in 2010 exceeded state bacteria standards 11 percent of the time.