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MLIVE.COM: Bacteria Follow Rainwater To Lake Michigan-When E. Coli Levels Spike, Swimmers Can Be At Risk
July 6, 2010, 11:03 am
Filed under: News

Sunday, July 04, 2010, 6:00 AM
Chris Killian

SOUTH HAVEN — Once the heavy rains of a summer storm have swept east and brilliant sunshine showers the region, it’s a perfect time to enjoy a day at the beach.

Well, maybe.

That’s because the heavy rains that drenched Southwest Michigan last weekend acted like a giant liquid broom, officials said, sweeping surface contamination from a number of sources — from liquid manure spread on farm fields to dog waste on city streets — into tributaries of Lake Michigan and eventually into the big lake itself.

The result was the prohibition most of the week for swimming at South Haven’s South Beach and an advisory at Van Buren State Park against full-body contact with the water after high levels of E. coli contamination were detected there.

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