UPDATE: Beaches at Half Moon, Big Falls closed due to high bacteria levels

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- On Tuesday afternoon, the City of Eau Claire website showed that the beach at Half Moon Lake was also closed due to unsafe bacteria levels.


ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Eau Claire County has shut down the Big Falls wading area near Fall Creek because of relatively-high bacteria levels.

The county's Parks & Forest Department made the announcement in a statement Tuesday morning. It said that water testing results confirmed the levels are unsafe, and the closure took effect immediately. The Eau Claire City-County Health Department will retest the area Tuesday. It will then notify the public when the levels are back within what it considers "acceptable health standards." The department's policy is to close the area when water samples show that bacteria levels are above what it considers to be a safe standard.

The Parks & Forest Department also said that Lake Altoona, Lake Eau Claire and Coon Fork Lake beaches are open. That's because they are within the health department's acceptable standards for swimming.

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