Plymouth Public Beaches Close Due To Water Quality Concerns
If you’re thinking about cooling off soon at one of the Plymouth beaches, you’ll need to readjust plans. The city is closing all public beaches for the summer due to water quality concerns.
No swimming signs are posted on beaches. That means no swimming, kayaking and recreation activities in the water. City officials say they usually close the beaches around mid-August every year.
“Usually, because that’s when the water quality begins to deteriorate,” explained Plymouth Recreation Supervisor Katie Yandell.
Plymouth Water Experts Test For Bacteria At Least Once A Week
Water quality issues affecting Plymouth lakes come from high levels of bacteria caused by animal waste from geese and other waterfowl. This is the time of year geese start to migrate and spend more time near the beaches.
“This is getting into our rainy season. So, with rain and geese, we see a decrease in water quality,” said Yardell.
Water quality experts frequently test popular spots like Parkers Lake and other water bodies in the city. They are monitored for bacteria levels, particularly E. coli. High levels of bacteria can cause skin irritation or make you sick. People can suffer from stomach problems like diarrhea.
Scientists will test the water again Thursday. It will be their last test of the year.