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St. Clair Shores Beach Closed Due To E. Coli Ahead Of Memorial Day

May 24, 2019 - 2:02 pm

ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) - The "no swimming" sign is posted at St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach due to high levels of e. coli bacteria. 

Just ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, the Michigan Department Of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) says E.coli levels are too high for the Macomb County Health Department to allow swimming at that particular beach on Lake St. Clair, in Macomb County's St. Clair Shores. 

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 immediately known. 

The beach was closed, along with dozens of others in Michigan, multiple times last summer due to issues including an influx of Canada geese and partially treated sewage flowing from Oakland and Macomb counties into Lake St. Clair.

Closed this time since testing on Thursday, May 23, it's unclear when the beach might reopen for swimming. ((Check for status updates here)).

There is, however, a spot of good news for Macomb County beachgoers: Lake St. Clair Metropark Beach in Harrison Township -- better known as "Metro Beach" -- was deemed safe open for swimming at last check on Friday. 

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