Ill. city tries new test for Lake Michigan beach health

By on May 18, 2012

An Illinois city will try a new and potentially more protective method for determining whether its Lake Michigan beaches are safe for swimming, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

Beach managers commonly test water at public swimming areas for pathogens that can sicken swimmers, but those tests take long enough that the results might be obsolete by the time managers close the beach to swimmers. Officials in Evanston, Ill. will try out a method for predicting beach contamination this summer based on environmental factors, including recent rainfall, water temperature and presence of birds.

Read more at Chicago Tribune.

Image credit: US EPA.

About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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