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Illinois 1st in Nation in e-coli Contaminated Beaches

Chicago Daily Observer 30 July 2008 No Comment

The Natural Resources Defense Council has observed that Lake Michigan shoreline beaches top the nation in closures due to high bacteria contamination, with the Kathy Osterman (Mrs. Bruce DuMont) beach being above safe levels 12 out of 12 times tested.

Though it seems unlikely that the tests are all that accurate or scientific…Abion Beach was tested 289 times in 2007, while Loyola Ave Beach was never tested, the results are distressing, but expected.

The NRDC does not take the investigation very far, stating under the heading “Causes of Closing and Advisories” that “All of Illinios beach closures were due to monitoring that revealed elevated bacteria levels from unknown sources of contamination”.

This despite the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District dumping 233 Million Gallons of raw sewage, in August 2007 which may have increased the bacteria count a bit.

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