Michigan beach takes steps to increase safety


The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality reports there are 10 beaches across the state either closed or under an advisory for poor water quality.

In Mid-Michigan that includes three closed beaches in Mid-Michigan and one under a contamination advisory.

Here is a list of the beaches that are closed: *Saginaw Bay – Lake Huron- South Linwood Beach Township Park in Bay County *Saginaw Bay – Lake Huron – Brissette Beach Township Park in Bay County *Kiwassee Lake – Stratford Woods Park Beach in Midland County White Lake- Maple Park in Muskegon County Lake St. Clair – H.C.M.A. – Lake St. Clair Metropark Beach in Macomb County Cass Lake – Pontiac Yacht Club in Oakland County Scotch Lake – Scotch Lake Residents in Oakland County Lake Michigan – Cross Village Beach in Emmet County Here is a list of the beaches that have a contamination advisory in effect: *Ross Lake- Beaverton City Park in Gladwin County Lake Erie- Luna Pier City Beach in Monroe County Click here for the lists on the Department of Environmental Quality.

* indicates beach in Mid-Michigan.

A closed signed hangs at Brissette Beach where Gale Bitzer was hoping to test out her new boat.

"I just have a new sailboat and now I won't be able to go out on it and so yeah, very sad because after SOS and all of the efforts that have happened trying to keep the beach open and clean. It's disappointing," Bitzer said.

The health department closed the beach after tests revealed E. coli levels four times higher than normal.

"My kids have been swimming in it for a few days. So I'm just hoping that the ride home is uneventful and no one has any stomach issues on the way home," said Susan Robertson.

She was visiting from out of town with her family.

The Bay County Health Department said the bacteria levels rose because of the excessive rain this past week.

"Could be runoff or high concentrations of wild life in areas or even certain non-source point pollution," said Joel Strasz, public health officer with the Bay County Health Department.

As for Bitzer, she said she would rather be safe than sorry and can manage staying off the water for the weekend. She hopes others will listen to the warning.

"I hope they obey the sign. They may just ignore it and kinda go anyway, but we hope they heed the warning," she said.

The soonest Brissette Beach could reopen would be Monday.

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