South Shore Beach closed over elevated levels of bacteria

Posted at 1:22 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 14:26:39-04

One day before the holiday weekend, several area beaches are cautioning swimmers to go in at their own risk.
Elevated levels of bacteria have been found in the water.

At South Shore Beach in Bay View, a lot of people spent Friday running or riding a bike near the beach, but nobody went into the water. The beach was closed Thursday.

"It's really sad. We wish we could walk across the street and go swimming," said Amy Mihelih. She lives in Bay View.

"The beach is always closed when there's a heavy rain," said MaryBeth Driscoll. She's lived in Bay View for more than 20 years.

The news is a little better at Bradford Beach. A sign posted is cautioning swimmers if they go in, they are swimming at their own risk.

"I look at them, I see them, but its not going to stop me from going in,"  said beachgoer Raynard Bakker. "When I feel it in my ears or I start swallowing too much water then I need to reduce my swim time."

The signs at Bradford Beach and Mckinley Beach show the area is under a water quality advisory because there are possible elevated levels of E. Coli bacteria. The city's website says the health department monitors the water daily.

Experts say the quality of the water can change within hours. The best advice is to listen to the signs.
You can monitor the water quality at all of Wisconsin's beaches here.