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Aug 11, 2017 1:45 PM

Keep your eyes closed under water: New bacteria warnings for several NH swimming areas

Be careful before you dive headfirst into any body of water in New Hampshire; you may be swimming straight into fecal bacteria or cyanobacteria.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services released a report Friday about contamination advisories for five state beaches and four lakes due to elevated bacteria levels.

Residents are requested to avoid these beaches and lakes listed below because the bacteria found through weekly samples could carry toxins.

Beach Advisories:

  1. Hood Park Beach in Derry has had continuously high levels of fecal bacteria since June 16.
  2. Nottingham Town Beach — Pawtuckaway received an advisory after cyanobacteria and fecal bacteria were both found in the water.
  3. Opechee Cove Beach in Laconia is contaminated with fecal bacteria.
  4. Silver Lake State Park Beach in Hollis was found to contain fecal bacteria during a sample on Thursday.
  5. Weirs Beach in Laconia also had fecal bacteria during a test run on Friday.

Lake Advisories:

  1. Silver Lake in Hollis — cyanobacteria blooms in the water
  2. Keyser Pond and French Pond in Henniker both had potential toxin-carrying blooms of cyanobacteria.
  3. Greenwood Pond in Kingston was the final lake advisory and received it due to the same problem of cyanobacteria blooms.

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