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An employee at the resort, on Thursday, confirmed the beach was closed as a result of the leak, but referred further comment to a manager. The manager did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

A beach at the campground was also closed, following the spill, although around a dozen swimmers were spotted in the water Saturday afternoon.

DEC said E. coli samples taken from the brook and lake came back below the state’s allowable standard for beaches, which is 235 colonies per 100 milliliters.

“All involved agencies continue to work cooperatively and the campground remains open,” the agency said.

Earlier this month, the state shuttered Million Dollar Beach in Lake George after routine testing found elevated E. coli levels, which DEC has blamed on stormwater runoff.

The sewer leak comes amid growing calls to regulate septic systems around Lake George, following the first harmful algal bloom on the lake this past fall.

Several environmental groups, including the Lake George Association and the Fund for Lake George, have pointed to nutrients entering the lake through faulty septic systems as a possible culprit for the bloom.

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