The Watershed Center will be expanding it's E. Coli testing to three more beaches on Lake Michigan and seven additional inland lakes.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality provided the funding for the new inland lake testing. Funding from the DEQ for Great Lakes beaches comes from BEACH Act funds that are distributed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Beaches being tested are:
-Suttons Bay Marina Park
-Suttons Bay South Shore Park
-Greilickville Harbor Park
-West End Beach
-East Bay Park
-Traverse City State Park
-Acme Bayside Park
-Twin Lakes Park
-Long Lake: Gilbert and Taylor beaches
-Duck Lake: Interlochen State Park
-Crystal Lake: Beulah and Bellows beaches
-Lake Ann: Almira Township Park
-Lake Leelanau: Neddows Park
-South Bar Lake
The same advisory systems will be in place as years past. Results include Level One, which meets the levels meet swimming standards for full body contact. Level Two means the standards are met for wading, fishing and boating, but contact above the waist is not advised. Level Three suggests no body contact, as E. Coli levels exceed the DEQ standards. An additional level four suggests there is known contamination and avoiding contact with beach waters is strongly advised.
Testing will take place once a week on Wednesday from June 5 through August 28.