Beach Monitoring program finds high bacteria levels at two Grand Marais testing sites

The Minnesota Department of Health warned people to avoid contact with the water at two North Shore sites on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Water samples collected Monday at the Grand Marais downtown beach and the Grand Marais Campground Beach contained elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, indicating the possible presence of fecal contamination. Both areas were scheduled to be re-sampled sometime today.
Beach monitoring also took place at the following beaches in Cook County on July 16:  Chicago Bay boat launch in Hovland; Paradise Beach, Kadunce Creek, Durfee Creek in Colvill; Old Shore Road, Cutface Creek Wayside Rest; Temperance River State Park, Schroeder Town Park and Sugarloaf Cove Beach in Schroeder. All received water contact acceptable ratings.
A number of factors, such as dog, geese and other wildlife feces, dirty diapers, failing septic systems and sewer line breaks and overflows, can contribute to higher levels of illness-causing bacteria.
Anyone who becomes ill after contacting beach water is asked to contact the Minnesota Department of Health at (877) 366-3455.
To find the latest results of beach monitoring for North Shore beaches, visit www.pca.state.mn.us/water/beaches/.