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Six Michigan Beaches Closed -- How Does Fecal Bacteria Get So High In Local Waterways?

It has to do with cities.

July 25, 2019 - 8:33 am

(WWJ) The beach is closed. You've seen that message across Michigan beaches time and time again, after water testing results come in and find unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in the water.

A report from Environment America Research and Policy Center says a number of Michigan beaches were unsafe for swimming for at least one day last year. 

John Rumpler with Environment America says the problem is levels in human waste in the water. But how does it get there?

"If we have a built-up metropolitan area where we have parking lots and road areas and rooftops and so forth. Those are all impervious areas, so when we get a heavy rain that storm water sweeps up the bacteria and all of the other contaminants on the surface and it often can wind up in our waterways," Rumpler explained. 

One of the worst, as far as number of closures in the report, was St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach in Macomb County.

Yesterday, six Michigan beaches were closed until further notice:

  • Reed Lake – Reed Lake Property Owners in Oakland County
  • Eagle Lake – Lakeland Estates in Oakland County
  • Voorheis Lake – Keatington Subdivision – Eaton Gate – off Baldwinin Oakland County
  • White Lake – Maple Park in Muskegon County
  • Saginaw Bay-Lake Huron – Wenona Beach in Bay County
  • Saginaw Bay – Whites Beach in Arenac County

Get real-time beach closure information from the MDEQ website HERE.