Mid-Michigan beach closed 2 weekends in a row - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan beach closed 2 weekends in a row

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(Source: Ted Deibel) (Source: Ted Deibel)
LINWOOD BEACH, MI (WNEM) -

Nothing ruins a trip to the beach faster than showing up to discover its closed.

A local beach is closed for swimming for the second weekend in a row. Residents are not happy about the news and they want to know why they can't enjoy the water.

"It's greenish and murky and has a bit of odor to it," said Kathy Sherbeck, Linwood resident.

Sherbeck is talking about her waterfront property on S. Linwood Beach.

The Bay County Health Department closed the beach after discovering high bacteria levels. Joel Kwiatkowski re-sampled the water on Friday.

"Samples yesterday were high above the state's average by 300 colonies and we're resampling today to see if we can reopen beaches tomorrow," he said.

Beach front residents are looking for answers and hoping for the right one soon.

Timothy Deibel is a summer resident who relies on the beach when his grandchildren come to visit, but he won't be letting them into the water anytime soon.

"It's too bad. They tell us what we can put on our lawn, but what they do is just so outrageous with the nitrates and pollution," Deibel said.

He is upset. Deibel said it takes away from the local landscape. He is also concerned nothing more is being done to reduce the runoff from farms that is being blamed for the high bacteria levels.

"Keep it out of the lake or farmers pump it back on their fields," Deibel said.

The latest water results are expected on Saturday.

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