Where can I find e.coli readings for the parks beach access points?
For information on e.coli readings at the parks various beach access points visit the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. (Note: The national park service does not operate the "Indiana Department of Environmental Management" site.)
What are Indiana’s Water Quality Standards for E. coli?
How can I find out the Status of other Lake Michigan beaches in Indiana?
What are swimming related illnesses?
According to the CDC, of the different illnesses that may be contracted during recreational water activities, gastrointestinal illness is the primary concern. The main route of exposure to illness-causing organisms in recreational waters is through direct contact with water while swimming, most commonly through accidental ingestion of contaminated water. Gastroenteritis is a term for a variety of diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract and are rarely life-threatening. Symptoms of the illness include nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, headache, and fever. Although the most common effects of bathing in contaminated water are illnesses affecting the gastrointestinal tract, other illnesses and conditions affecting the eye, ear, skin, and upper respiratory tract can be contracted as well.
How do beach managers monitor the water quality at their beaches?
How do single sample E. coli levels relate to swimming related illness rates in EPA’s studies?
What you can do to help protect your health and that of other beach-goers:
At the Beach
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Beachgoer's Guide
Human Health Impacts of Sewer Overflows: http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/csossoRTC2004_chapter06.pdf
Swim Safe (Some Tips from the CDC) --
• Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents (e.g., water that is discolored and unusually choppy, foamy, or filled with debris). If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore. Once out of the current, swim toward the shore.
• Make sure an adult is constantly watching children swimming or playing in or around the water. Do not read, play cards, talk on the phone, or engage in any other distracting activity while supervising children.
• Always swim with a buddy.