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Beach Health: Safe to Swim?. Dr. Shannon Briggs Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. June 19, 2009. We enjoy looking at beautiful beaches …. Lake Michigan near Brevort. Head over heels in love with our water!. We just don’t look at it or drink it, we play in it!.

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beach health safe to swim

Beach Health: Safe to Swim?

Dr. Shannon Briggs

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

June 19, 2009

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We enjoy looking at

beautiful beaches …

Lake Michigan near Brevort

head over heels in love with our water
Head over heelsin love with our water!

We just don’t look at it or drink it,

we play in it!

field gear for collecting samples
Field Gear for Collecting Samples

TRAINED STAFF

SAMPLE BOTTLE

WADERS

COOLER WITH WHEELS

SAMPLING POLE

ICE PACKS

GLOVES, etc

IDENTIFIED MONITORING POINTS

recreational water illness

C. botulinum

Salmonella

C. perfringens

Campylobacter

Recreational Water Illness

enterococci

E. coli

some of the e coli methods approved by the us epa
Some of the E. coliMethods approved by the US EPA

Current methods requires incubation time

m-Tec, 24 to 48 hours

IDEXX Colilert, 24 hours

IDEXX Colilert-18, 18 hours

some of the enterococci methods approved by the us epa
Some of the enterococciMethods approved by the US EPA

Current methods requires incubation time

USEPA Method 1600 (mEI agar) 24 hours

IDEXX Enterolert, 24 hours

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WATER WAS BAD YESTERDAY

DON’T KNOW ABOUT TODAY

COME BACK TOMORROW

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TOMORROW

WATER WAS BAD AGAIN YESTERDAY

WE STILL DON’T KNOW ABOUT TODAY

WE CAN TELL YOU THAT TOMORROW

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THE NEXT DAY

IF YOU SWAM YESTERDAY,

YOU’RE OKAY, WATER WAS FINE!

TODAY “MIGHT” BE OKAY TOO

BUT - WE WON’T SAMPLE AGAIN

UNTIL NEXT THURSDAY

HAVE A NICE DAY

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Water Quality Daily Forecasts

Beach Message Signs

Maintained by Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Courtesy of Calum McPhail, SEPA www.spea.org.uk

aberdeen beach 3 advisories excellent good or poor guideline mandatory fail
Aberdeen beach 3 advisories Excellent, Good, or PoorGuideline / Mandatory / Fail
how daily signage is posted
How daily signage is posted

Website

Phone line

Phone TEXT

questions raised due to beach closings
Questions raised due to beach closings:

Why?

Who’s responsible?

When will it re-open?

Public Meeting for Sugar Island Beach

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“I just couldn’t believe how bad the situation was.”

McDowell contacted Congressman Bart Stupak

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Senator Levin’s office set up meeting to include

Members of the Canadian Embassy, Senator Stabenow’s office,

and Congressman Stupak’s office.

investing in beaches investing in community
Investing in Beaches = Investing in Community

Time Enjoyment

Expertise Confidence

Efforts Beaches Growth

Research Public Health

Funding Revenue

Collaboration Experience

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“Therefore, we strongly encourage you to reconsider the formula used to distribute BEACH Act grants to states.”

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“Michigan with 3,224 miles of shoreline and 4.8 million people living near the coast gets less money than American Somoa which has 126 miles of shoreline and 57,291 people living near the coast.”

great lakes success stories
Great Lakes Success Stories

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (37 beaches in Duluth)

City of Marquette, MI

Chippewa County HD, MI

16 State Parks in NY

Presque Isle St Pk, PA

Milwaukee HD, WI

City of Racine HD, WI

Lake County HD, IL

Indiana Dunes Natl Lakeshore

Gary Sanitation District, IN

Cuyahoga County HD, OH

opportunities
USEPA invested $522,824 into

Great Lakes Beach Sanitary Surveys

for 61 beaches

Unknown Sources caused beach closures

Before 84% After 24%

Help us find $8,570 for your local beach

Opportunities
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Memorial Day 2008, the GLRC Clean Beaches Initiative… encourages increased use of sanitary survey forms for tracking down sources of pollution causing beach closings and will provide information on other beach monitoring and man management resources through the GLRC Website.

beachnet@great lakes net
[email protected]

Great Lakes Beach Association

Your link to 800 beach buddies!

We transfer our expertise and experience in successful collaborations.

great lakes public beaches
Great Lakes Public Beaches

79

191

39

602

12

48

73

31

good news
Good News

Approx 80% of sample results meet water quality standards

Goal is to have a beach open 95% of the season

National average = beaches are open 95% of the time

Approx 68% of the beaches can do this

bad news er an opportunity
Bad News, er… an opportunity

National average

32% of beaches were closed in 2007

highest priority issues for beach monitoring in great lakes
Predictive Models

multiple factors, provides answers now,

potential for regional model (unmonitored areas)

Need sufficient monitoring data (4-5 days/wk)

Improve access to data (NOAA, etc)

Need equipment (e.g., monitoring buoys)

Need training and technical support

Highest Priority Issues for Beach Monitoring in Great Lakes
highest priority issues for beach monitoring in great lakes1
Affordable Rapid Tests

reduce delay, potential for source tracking

Need to invest in technology

Develop new technology

Modify existing technology

Highest Priority Issues for Beach Monitoring in Great Lakes
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