MADISON – People looking to cool off from the summer heat by taking a dip at a Great Lakes beach can find daily online updates on water quality at 120 public beaches along Wisconsin’s shores of lakes Michigan and Superior.
The www.wibeaches.us (exit DNR) Web site is part of Wisconsin’s Great Lakes Beach Monitoring program, a uniform program to regularly test for bacteria and inform swimmers about water quality conditions. The Web page also has links to water quality conditions at more than 100 inland beaches, and allows people to sign up to receive a personal water quality forecast through an e-mail notification.
“The Web site is a great way for people to know water quality conditions at more than 120 beaches before they leave their home,” says Toni Glymph, the Department of Natural Resources toxicologist who coordinates the program. “We hope more people will become aware of this online resource and take advantage of it.”
The program, administered by the Department of Natural Resources and carried out by local governments, aims to reduce the public’s risk of exposure to water-borne illnesses.
A beach user survey conducted during summer 2005 revealed that 84 percent of the people surveyed preferred receiving information via the Internet before arriving at a beach that may be posted with an advisory. The Beach Heath Web site has been accessible to the public since 2003.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Toni Glymph (608) 264-8954Follow and Share with Jetsettersblog.