You may have heard that one of our beaches was closed by Oakland County for a few days due to high levels of E.Coli.  Here is more information about E.Coli and our beaches.

Escherichia coli, or E. coli, is a bacteria found in the digestive systems of mammals and birds. The presence of E. coli in surface water is an indicator of pollution by feces. E. coli can be dangerous, but it also indicates the potential for other pathogens that can make people sick, such as giardia and cholera.  Sources of E. coli can include untreated human sewage, failing septic tanks, livestock agriculture, pets, wildlife, and illegal connections from home sewer systems to surface water.

In 2021, six of the beaches on our lakes were tested regularly. 

Harris Park (Marble Beach)

Lotus Park

Mountain View

Mountain View C.C. Subdivision

Whitfield-Maceday Association – North

Whitfield-Maceday Association – South (Boat Launch)

Monitoring of these beaches is voluntary and is conducted by Oakland County Health Departments. Owners of public bathing beaches must post a sign that states whether the bathing beach has been tested, and if so, the location of the test results.

Here is what EGLE (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy) suggests doing to help: 

  • Clean up pet waste in your yard and dispose of it in the trash or by composting. Visit Michigan State University Extension (Msue.anr.msu.edu) for tips on proper composting.
  • If you have a septic system, get the tank pumped out by a licensed hauler about every 3 years. Ask them to do a cursory inspection while they are there. Visit Epa.gov/septic for more information.
  • Do not feed wildlife, including geese and seagulls in yards and beaches.

Concerned homeowners that swim at private beaches are encouraged to conduct their own bacteria sampling. The procedure is very easy and our laboratory only charges $12 for a sampling kit as long as:

  1. You are an Oakland County resident
  2. The source water to be tested is located within Oakland County, and
  3. The area to be sampled is a beach or intended for swimming. You may call our office and request a copy of our surface water sampling guidelines if you are interested.

More information at https://www.oakgov.com/health/services/environmental-health/Pages/beaches.aspx

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