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Local Beach Closes Due to E.Coli

Beaches across the state shut down due to bacteria.

Right now at least four beaches are closed because of those high levels.

Gun Lake in Barry county, Rogers Park in Schoolcraft County, East Jordan Tourist Park in Charlevoix County and here in mid-Michigan, Thompson Lake in Livingston County.

During the summer, City Beach in Howell is normally packed but on Wednesday, there were only a few sunbathers and no swimmers.

Debbie Mikula, Director of Parks and Recreation Authority: "The water is unsafe to swim in."

Mikula says the city found unsafe levels of Ecoli bacteria in the water.

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Mikula: "We don't really know what causes it."

But they have a guess.

Mikula: "We think that most of it is caused by fecal matter of the geese."

But whatever the cause, it's not the first time.

According to the State Department of Environmental Quality, Thompson Beach has closed because of bacteria 7 times in the past 4 years;

leaving beachgoers to wonder.

Justus Maher, Beachgoer: "Hopefully whatever is going on they can maybe fix it and do something to prevent this from happening in the future."

But despite the warning, some still decided to take to the water.

Mikula: "Really we cant do anything if they choose to go in the water anywhere else around the lake at this point."

The city tested the water again on Wednesday, they'll get those results back on Thursday and decide whether or not its safe to open the beach.

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