This week, Hennepin County collected water samples from the beach at Nelson Lakeside Park—owned and operated by the City of Long Lake. Samples were taken from the left, center and right areas of the beach water.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended water quality standards, test results showed that the beach's water may pose a health concern to individuals coming into contact with the water at this time.
Hennepin County has recommended that the City of Long Lake close the beach due to the current levels of bacterial contamination; therefore, the beach will be closed today until further notice and Public Works staff will be posting closure signage as soon as possible. Hennepin County will be re-sampling the beach regularly and will provide test results to City staff as soon as possible following each testing. The beach will remain closed until water sample results are within acceptable limits.
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Please read and take note of the "FAQ's" below for more detailed information. Should you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact City staff at 952.473.6961 x1; or Hennepin County Public Health at 612.543.5200.
Note: Hennepin County Public Health Department maintains a web page discussing beach water quality monitoring. This site also includes a list of County monitored beaches in our surrounding area and their current status.