Beaches-Recreational & Bathing Quality

Public beaches in Ingham County are:
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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) BeachGuard system provides real-time on water quality sampling results and beach advisories and closures. Click here for real-time information on the four beaches monitored in Ingham County.

Click Here to download Excel Spreadsheets (version 97-2003) of historical data for each site.
 

​Real Time Beach Monitoring Information

BeachGuard

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) BeachGuard system provides real-time on water quality sampling results and beach advisories and closures. Click Here for real-time information on the four beaches monitored in Ingham County.

Great Lakes Beach Cast

The Great Lakes Beach Cast website provides real-time beach bathing quality and advisory information for beaches in the 8 Great Lake States of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. 

Funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the myBeachCast website and application (app) retrieves locational and advisory data for Great Lakes and inland lake beaches in the eight Great Lakes states.

Click the symbol below to download the myBeachCast Mobile Application (Please Read the Terms & Conditions):
A mobile-enhanced website available on the Great Lakes Information Network (see glin.net/beachcast/conditions.html) offers complementary information for web viewers, iPhones and other mobile devices.


The app also features real-time and forecasted weather and lake conditions (e.g., water temperature, wave heights, wind speed/direction) and nearshore marine forecasts, drawn from the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). myBeachCast allows users to discover local beaches based on the user’s location, view beaches and their status on a map, save favorite beaches, and get driving directions.


Regulatory Stipulations 

Health departments are required to comply with Michigan’s Water Quality Standards (WQS) according to R 333.12544 of the Public Health Code, 1978 PA 368 (Act 368), as amended regarding the monitoring of E. coli as an indicator of the potential human health risk from partial and total body contact recreationClick Here for further E.coli and Water Quality Standard information.

According to R 333.12541 of Act 368, a local health officer or an authorized representative of a local health department that conducts tests at bathing beaches is required to notify the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and other entities of the test results within 36 hours of conducting a test or evaluation. Owners of public bathing beaches must post a sign that states whether or not the bathing beach has been tested, and if so, the location of the test results.

MDEQ: General Beach Monitoring Rules
MDEQ: Bathing Beach Standards for E.coli PDF icon

EPA: Recreational Water Quality Criteria Webpage


Further Information


The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) provides national comprehensive Beach Monitoring and Quality information on its website.

Click Here to be directed to it's Beaches homepage





Regulatory Stipulations 

Health departments are required to comply with Michigan’s Water Quality Standards (WQS) according to R 333.12544 of the Public Health Code, 1978 PA 368 (Act 368), as amended regarding the monitoring of E. coli as an indicator of the potential human health risk from partial and total body contact recreationClick Here for further E.coli and Water Quality Standard information.

According to R 333.12541 of Act 368, a local health officer or an authorized representative of a local health department that conducts tests at bathing beaches is required to notify the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and other entities of the test results within 36 hours of conducting a test or evaluation. Owners of public bathing beaches must post a sign that states whether or not the bathing beach has been tested, and if so, the location of the test results.

MDEQ: General Beach Monitoring Rules
MDEQ: Bathing Beach Standards for E.coli PDF icon

EPA: Recreational Water Quality Criteria Webpage


Regulatory Stipulations 

Health departments are required to comply with Michigan’s Water Quality Standards (WQS) according to R 333.12544 of the Public Health Code, 1978 PA 368 (Act 368), as amended regarding the monitoring of E. coli as an indicator of the potential human health risk from partial and total body contact recreationClick Here for further E.coli and Water Quality Standard information.

According to R 333.12541 of Act 368, a local health officer or an authorized representative of a local health department that conducts tests at bathing beaches is required to notify the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and other entities of the test results within 36 hours of conducting a test or evaluation. Owners of public bathing beaches must post a sign that states whether or not the bathing beach has been tested, and if so, the location of the test results.

MDEQ: General Beach Monitoring Rules
MDEQ: Bathing Beach Standards for E.coli PDF icon

EPA: Recreational Water Quality Criteria Webpage