E. coli caused by geese closes Merwin Meadows Pond in Wilton, officials say

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Merwin Meadows Pond has been closed until further notice for E. coli contamination.

Merwin Meadows Pond has been closed until further notice for E. coli contamination.

Patricia Gay /Hearst Connecticut Media /

WILTON — One of the town’s prime summer hangouts will be closed for swimming indefinitely due to a reported contaminant in the waters, officials said Friday.

Announced on the town’s website just after noon on Friday, Merwin Meadows Pond is closed for swimming “until further notice” due to E. coli contamination.

“The state of Connecticut Department of Public Health has established E. coli as the indicator organism used for monitoring swimming water quality in freshwater,” the town said in an announcement. “During routine, weekly testing of Merwin Meadows pond, the samples were tested for E.coli and found to be at an unacceptable level.”

The likely culprit, according to Health Department Director Barry Bogle, are geese.

In the announcement, the town states that Boggle “feels that a recent flock of geese at the property is to be blamed for the test results.” Resampling will be done by his department early next week.

Parks and Recreation Director Steve Pierce will deploy staff to keep geese away from the pond at Merwin Meadows and other parts of the park.

Bogle, Pierce and other town officials could not be immediately reached for comment on an anticipated reopening date.

Merwin Meadows was closed temporarily last July after a child suffered a rash from swimming in the water.