Lake Minnewashta beach

The Lake Minnewashta beach and boat launch are now open.

These facilities have been closed since Friday afternoon when the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services responded to a sanitary sewer break that occurred along Highway 7 near the north end of the lake.

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services tested the lake water near the beach on Friday, June 21, according to a Carver County press release.

Final water testing results were made available on Sunday, June 23. The water quality results were better than the Environmental Protection Agency guidelines and state standards.

“It was with an abundance of caution that we closed this area through the weekend,” stated Marty Walsh, Carver County parks and recreation director.

He confirmed that the results of the testing from samples taken last Friday were similar to tests from earlier in the month showing good water quality. The sewer break occurred a good distance from the beach and boat launch, the release stated.

The Parks Department continues to monitor beach water quality though water testing as part of its normal beach operational procedures. The Met Council Environmental Services is also following up with additional water quality testing today. 

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Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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