To: Area News Media
From: Pete Schade RS, MPH, Health Commissioner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ERIE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
WATER QUALITY AWARENESS AT LOCAL BEACHES
This spring we have experienced high levels of rainfall that have been 5 to 6 inches above average for our area. These rain events have created runoff into rivers, creeks, streams and Lake Erie, which have had a negative impact on local water quality on area beaches. As a result, our Department has posted beach locations with water quality advisories, which indicate high levels of bacteria and may increase the likelihood of waterborne illness. When making a decision to go into the water our Department is encouraging residents and visitors to BE AWARE of water quality postings at beaches and online on our website.
END OF RELEASE
For additional information about this press release please contact Bob England RS, MSOH, or Craig Ward RS, at 419-626-5623 ext. 115.