Boise ponds reopen after E. coli outbreak

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - City officials say two popular ponds in Boise can reopen after being closed for nearly two months due to an E. coli outbreak.

The Boise Parks and Recreation announced Thursday that E. coli levels have remained consistently low enough to safely reopen the Esther Simplot ponds.

The ponds closed in June after public works employees discovered the bacteria at Quinn’s Pond and two nearby ponds at Esther Simplot Park during a routine weekly test. Quinn’s Pond eventually reopened on June 30.

Tests revealed the source of the high levels of E. coli came from dog and goose feces in the ponds. As a result, dogs are no longer allowed at the ponds and city staffers are working to keep geese away.