The Health Department's Beach Monitoring Program evaluates the water quality at approximately 50 Great Lakes and Inland Lakes beaches annually, throughout Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego Counties.
Those who live on or near the lake, and seasonal tourists who visit and enjoy Northern Michigan's unspoiled beaches, have come to trust that the water quality is being monitored for their safety. The monitoring program has been successful in protecting public health, and has also supported the economic benefits of having clean, safe swimming areas.
During the summer months, HDNW sends out public beach advisories if a sample comes back with bacteria higher than is safe for full body contact. Updates are provided when a sample shows the bacteria level has lowered to Level 1 parameters.
In addition to local samples, the public has real-time access to beach water quality results for beaches all over Michigan through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) supported web-based program. Information can be found at www.egle.state.mi.us/beach/.