Environmental groups and experts from around the state are gathering in Marquette this week to talk about Michigan’s beaches. The Great Lakes Beach Association Conference will highlight efforts to detect E. Coli faster, and survey beaches quicker.
Shannon Briggs is a toxicologist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
She says keeping Michigan beaches clean and safe is a priority. “Michigan has great beaches, all across our state, and most of these beaches are in places that are tucked away in smaller communities. We want to keep those beaches open and clean because those beaches are attracting other visitors and tourism.”
Click here to link to conference webinar information. https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1873063
Each summer, many beaches along the Great Lakes are shut down because the waters have high bacteria levels. But figuring out exactly when to close a beach is difficult, and scientists are trying out a new test that could lead to safer swimming.
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An untreated sewage leak last weekend in a creek, lead to water in the Boardman River and bay being contaminated. Continue reading
Health officials in Traverse City expect to know Tuesday, June 13, whether or not they can lift a public health advisory in the Grand Traverse Bay
Three-thousand gallons of untreated sewage leaked out of a sewer, and into a creek that flows through the Boardman River, and into Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday, June 11. Continue reading
The state is investigating an outbreak of E. Coli infections related to baking flour.
20 states have been affected by this outbreak. Three brands of flour are under suspicion – Signature Kitchens, Gold Medal and Wondra. They’re all made by General Mills. Continue reading
Community members in Gratiot County will be discussing issues concerning the Pine River on Wednesday night.
The Pine River, which flows through Gratiot County, has contamination issues dating back decades. Continue reading
Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns has resumed sales of cider, after a sample tested positive for E. Coli earlier this week.
Uncle John’s ceased all cider sales following that positive test result earlier this week, and a recall was issued for cider with a sell-by date of October 30th. Continue reading
The state is advising consumers to throw away cider bought from Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns due to a possible E. Coli contamination.
The state advisory applies to Uncle John’s cider with a sell-by date of October 30th. Cider sold by the cup between October 18th and October 21st may also have been affected. Continue reading
The river tested positive for E.coli levels ten times higher than the EPA’s safety standard.
The Mid-Michigan Health Department says the water is unsafe for fishing, swimming and any body contact. Continue reading