South Haven’s North Beach Now Open, South Beach Still Closed

Posted at 2:31 PM, Aug 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-09 14:31:29-04

800px-Gentle_waves_come_in_at_a_sandy_beach (1)SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. —  The City’s North Beach (including the public bathing beaches at North Beach, Woodman Beach, Dyckman Beach, Packard Park, Oak Street Beach, and Newcome Beach) has been tested and found to be compliant and is open for swimming and the public’s use. Further, visitors to the city’s South Beach may still walk on and use the sand beach, but should avoid direct contact with the water at this beach.

If you have any further questions concerning this correspondence please feel free to contact either the City of South Haven at (269) 637-0700 or the Van Buren/Cass District Public Department at (269) 621-3143

The bacteriological results from the beach monitoring event on August 8, 2013 at the City of South Haven’s South Beach have been received and reviewed by the Van Buren/Cass County District Public Health Department. Analysis of this data has revealed a violation of Michigan’s Surface Water Quality Standards for partial and/or total body contact for recreational purposes. The geometric mean of the samples collected during the above mentioned sampling event
was found to exceed the total body contact standard of 300 E. coli per 100ml. Based on these sample results, the Van Buren County Environmental Health Division has continued the previous advisory. Additional samples will be taken on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 to determine what further course of action will be necessary.