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Point Lookout State Park Swimming Area Closed until Further Notice
SCOTLAND, MD — The Maryland Park Service today announced that the public swimming area at Point Lookout State Park has been closed until further notice after elevated levels of bacteria were found in the water. The public swimming area of the park encompasses 400 feet of a three-quarter mile long beach.
St. Mary’s County Health Department officials test every swimming facility in the county each week. A test done on June 7 showed that bacterial indicator limits had been exceeded. State Park officials did not receive the results of the test from the Health Department until late Tuesday.
The beach will remain closed pending a water quality resampling done on June 14, the results of which are anticipated Friday, June 17. Any questions should be directed to the St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-475-4399.
June 15, 2005
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