Bacteria alerts issued for several Ohio beaches

Bacteria alerts issued for several Ohio beaches

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Health issued an alert for several Ohio beaches because of high bacteria levels.

The beaches under a bacteria contamination alert include:

  • Bay View West
  • Noble Beach
  • Royal Acres Beach
  • Clarkwood Beach
  • Moss Point Beach
  • Edgecliff Beach
  • Utopia Beach
  • Shoreby Club Beach
  • Arcadia Beach
  • Vermillion River West
  • Darby Creek
  • Fairport Harbor

The contamination levels have reached unsafe levels and could make children, elderly, or those with weak immune systems sick. Those people should avoid contact with the water, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The alerts come after a recent EPA report about the state of Lake Erie. According to the report, Lake Erie's water quality is deteriorating more than any of the other Great Lakes. High levels of E. coli contamination are becoming more frequent.

The higher bacteria levels could be traced back to storm water runoff, goose and gull feces, or pesticides.

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