DEEP: Fewer lifeguards at state park beaches over Labor Day weekend

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today reminded those planning to visit beaches at state parks that the number of lifeguards at swimming areas will be significantly reduced over Labor Day weekend.

At this time of year, many lifeguards leave their positions to return to school, but the DEEP maintains coverage wherever possible through Labor Day weekend, DEEP said in a news release. After Labor Day on Monday there will be no lifeguards on duty at any state park swimming areas.

"With a reduced number of lifeguards on duty as the summer swimming season comes to an end, remember to stay within designated swimming areas, know your limits, and be aware of weather conditions,” Susan Whalen, deputy commission of DEEP, said.

Many state park swimming areas will be unguarded on the weekdays leading up to Labor Day Weekend. There will be a reduced number of lifeguards at other state park beaches. Swim areas will be posted with signs where there are no lifeguards on duty.

Over the holiday weekend there will be no lifeguards at the following inland state parks: Burr Pond State Park in Torrington; Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown; and Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford.

Over the holiday weekend there will also be some unguarded beaches at two shorelines parks. At Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Meigs Point, Middle, and East beaches will have no lifeguards; while West Beach will have lifeguards. At Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, East Beach will have lifeguards, but there will be no lifeguards at West Beach.

DEEP also reported today that all swimming areas at state parks have passed water quality tests except for the beach at Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent. The swimming area will be resampled today, with results expected on Thursday.

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