November 24, 2014


Study says Ohio’s Lake Erie beaches are worst in nation

An environmental group says Lake Erie beaches in Ohio were the worst in the national last year for water quality.

The annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council on coastal beaches ranked Ohio last based on how many times E. coli bacteria posed a health threat to swimmers at Lake Erie’s 61 public beaches.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that in 2012, E. coli was detected in 21 percent of beach water tests. That put Ohio last. Wisconsin ranked 29th with a 14-percent rate.

The percentage of 2012 tests that found unhealthy bacteria was down only slightly, from the 22 percent in 2011.

Tessie Pollock, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health, said sewage overflows, failing home septic systems and feces from geese and gulls contribute to bacteria contamination.

  • DavePrice

    let us not forget those boaters that unload their toilets when they go out on the lake.

  • Brandon

    that’s nothing…the garbage barge goes out 10 times a day and just opens its bottom and unloads TONS of trash into the lake

    • Brandon

      we fish whiskey island and it comes right down the cuyahoga river smelling foul as hell with a tug and it’s sunk op to the rim and it comes back an hour later with the rim 20 feet over the water

  • Brandon

    garbage barge

  • OhioPlayerVa

    You’ve got to be kidding me. They really dump that in Lake Erie?

    This is insane