Jul. 22—The public beach at Crystal Lake in Burnsville is closed until further notice due to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.
Although these bacteria occur naturally, high levels can indicate sewage or feces-contaminated water, which may lead to the presence of disease-causing organisms in the water.
Samples are collected at the lake weekly to check bacteria levels for water safety. Beaches are closed as a precaution from potential illness when levels are too high.
Crystal Lake beach will reopen once E. coli levels are safe by state standards, according to a statement released by the city of Burnsville.