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Attention swimmers! Rancho Seco Lake reopened

Ron Camilleri from Citrus Heights, fishes with his son Bode and their dog Clyde in the 160-acre lake during the annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area on March 30, 2014 in Herald.
Ron Camilleri from Citrus Heights, fishes with his son Bode and their dog Clyde in the 160-acre lake during the annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area on March 30, 2014 in Herald. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

The lake at Rancho Seco Recreational Area has reopened after high levels of bacteria last month forced a temporary halt to swimming at the popular watering hole.

Facilities Manager Dena Oneto confirmed the park reopened the lake in the Sacramento Delta town of Herald on Thursday. The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, which operates the area, closed the lake July 1 after test results showed an increase of total coliform bacteria.

The bacteria themselves are not usually harmful to humans, but SMUD closed the lake out of caution, spokesman Jonathon Tudor said at the time. Sacramento’s record-breaking summer heat caused the bacteria in duck and goose fecal matter to grow at a faster rate.

The rest of the recreation area remained open.

This is one in a series of videos looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history. This one took place on March 31, 1979, when 13 nuclear protesters scaled the main gate to SMUD’s Rancho Seco plant and were arrested.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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