- June 30 - 22 Western U.P. beaches still closed for swimming
- June 29 - 19 beaches open, but heavy rain can cause issues
This is an official press release from the Western U.P. Health Department. It was released at on Thursday, June 28.
Western U.P. Health Department has confirmed that surface water samples collected at inland lakes and Lake Superior beaches are showing signs of improvement. Seventeen beach locations are open and nine additional are open with advisories.
Twelve other beach locations still have high levels of E.coliand/or fecal coliform bacteria in exceedance of Michigan DEQ and U.S. EPA standards for body contact.The presence of E.coli and fecal coliforms means that the water has been contaminated by animal and/ or human waste from run-off and exposure carries a significant health risk. These beaches will be resampled prior to the weekend.
Health Department staff continue to monitor surface water quality throughout the Western Upper Peninsula.