St. Clair County, MI — Maintaining safe beaches in the Blue Water Area is a high priority. The St. Clair County Health Department does its part by testing water samples at eight local beaches to monitor for E. coli bacteria.
Last year, the Health Department recorded one of the healthiest beach seasons on record, and they only had to close two area beaches for three days of the season. According to the Health Department, the improvement of water quality is due to sewer separation projects, elimination of illicit discharge, and installation of green infrastructure along the 58-mile county shoreline.
The Health Department will collect water samples daily until Labor Day to monitor for safe levels of E.coli bacteria. Any advisories about public beaches will be shared on their 24-hour Water Quality Hotline at 877-504-SWIM, on the St. Clair County Beaches Facebook page, the “MyBeachCast” app for smartphones, and the Michigan BeachGuard website at www.egle.state.mi.us/beach/.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand