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3 Michigan Beaches Closed Due To E. Coli, Others Reopen

June 15, 2018 - 4:13 pm

ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) - As we head into what is expected to be the hottest weekend of the year, three Michigan beaches are closed to swimmers -- while a couple of others have reopened. 

The Chrysler Park Beach along the St. Clair River in Marysville remains closed, along with Whites Beach on Saginaw Bay in Arenac County, and Stratford Woods Park Beach on Kiwassee Lake in Midland County -- with a Contamination Advisory in effect. 

According to officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, tests found high levels of bacteria at all three beaches. 

E. coli bacteria sometimes gets into the water from improper waste connections to storm sewers, sewer overflows and storm runoff, although the cause of these latest problems was not immedialy known. 

Some better news: Veterans Memorial Park beach in St. Clair Shores and Lakeshore Park beach in Novi on Walled Lake, which had been closed because of high bacteria levels, have both re-opened after the latest samples taken showed it was safe to swim.

Michiganders can check on local beach conditions anytime at this link.