Beach-Goers: E. Coli bacteria detected in some waters of Lake Superior beaches

By KBJR News 1

Beach-Goers: E. Coli bacteria detected in some waters of Lake Superior beaches

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM CST

The advisory placed on Leif Erickson Park Beach has been removed.

Fecal indicator bacteria levels have returned to adequate levels.

As of June 14, Minnesota Point 15th Street Beach and the Hearding Island Canal Beach at 20th Street remains in place.

Hearding Island Canal Beach is set to be re-sampled on June 14th.

The Minnesota Department of Health is advising swimmers that water contact is not recommended for the following beaches on Lake Superior.

The MDH has reported that Leif Erikson Park Beach located in Duluth, below Leif Erikson Park, has elevated E. coli bacteria levels found from samples taken on June 11.

The E. coli is due to the possible presence of fecal contamination.

Water contact is not recommended on the beach of Minnesota Point and 15th Street Harbor Side Beach (previously the New Duluth Boat Club).

Samples collected on June 11 indicate elevated levels of E. coli bacteria due to the possible presence of fecal contamination.

The MDH also says that Hearding Island Canal Beach located on the harbor-side of Park Point, at 20th Street, E. coli bacteria levels collected from samples on June 11, show that there is a presence of fecal contamination.

All beaches will be resampled on Tuesday, June 12.