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Swimming in Lake Erie

June 2, 2009

Published By Erie County Health Department & Disseminated by The Erie Wire 

Environmental Health

Beach Monitoring Program

Diver2The main goal of all our efforts in the beach program is to provide Erie County residents and tourists with knowledge about beach water quality and also the potential risks associated with swimming when water quality is poor.  Our employees strive to ensure that unsafe swimming conditions are communicated to Erie County residents as quickly as possible and in doing so reduce the risk of unwanted illness in the swimming public.

The beach sampling season is from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Our Sanitarians collect and analyze samples for the presence of E. Coli bacteria, which is a good indicator of bathing water contamination and if present increase the risk of disease transmission to swimmers.  The results are reported in local newspapers, announced on local radio stations and also posted on our department’s website.

Please click below to get our Beach Testing Results:

05/26/09 Beach Results

EPA beach swimming guide

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