Richardi Park Beach Advisory Issued

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNW) is issuing a beach advisory based on testing conducted on Wednesday at Richardi Park in the Village of Bellaire, Antrim County. A partial body contact advisory is in place today.

The short-term advisory is based on a water sample collected Wednesday showing an E. coli level of 387.3 per 100 milliliters, which calls for restricting use based on Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) water quality standards. Contact above the waist is not recommended. The advisory is posted at the beach.

E. coli levels between 301 and 1,000 per 100ml qualify for partial body contact advisories. This allows for activities like wading, fishing, and paddling. Levels of more than 1,000 per 100 milliliters warranted caution of all water-based activities.

A follow-up water sample is being taken today, July 11. The results will be available tomorrow morning, Friday, July 12, and shared with the public with potential changes to today’s advisories.

HDNW posts beach monitoring reports weekly on its website at https://www.nwhealth.org/beach.html. Through an EGLE supported web-based program, the public has real-time access to beach water quality results for beaches all over Michigan. Information can be found at www.deq.state.mi.us/beach/.