Health concerns along some Lake Erie beaches - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Health concerns along some Lake Erie beaches

Posted: Updated:

The Ottawa County Health Department has issued a Contamination Advisory for Lake Erie's waters once again.

This is something they've been doing for about half of the summer.

A sign posted on the Port Clinton City Beach warns that bacteria levels could be dangerous to the youngest and oldest swimmers.

Those with weaker immune systems are also at risk.

City leaders in Port Clinton say one of the main contributors of harmful bacteria is runoff from fertilized fields - and local farmers are beginning to adapt to tighter E.P.A. restrictions.

We spoke with Vincent Leone, the Mayor of Port Clinton.  He said he and his family still enjoy the beaches, but they take precautions and are mindful of the hazard.  "We're out on the beach all the time. We still have a great time out there, but we make sure the kids take care of themselves afterwards."

The weather plays the greatest role in day-to-day water quality, with recent rainfall and wind causing bacteria levels to rise and fall.

Advisories are currently in effect for Erie County's beaches as well, but not for Lucas County.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Best Buy hiring for several positions

    Best Buy hiring for several positions

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:39:12 GMT
    Three area Best Buy locations are currently looking to fill several different positions. The stores that are hiring are the location at Monroe and Secor in Toledo, the store on Spring Meadows Drive in Holland and the store on Fremont Pike in Perrysburg. Between all three stores, the company is looking to hire about 30 people or more. It is hiring full time, part time and seasonal employees. To apply, visit bestbuy-jobs.com.
    Three area Best Buy locations are currently looking to fill several different positions. The stores that are hiring are the location at Monroe and Secor in Toledo, the store on Spring Meadows Drive in Holland and the store on Fremont Pike in Perrysburg. Between all three stores, the company is looking to hire about 30 people or more. It is hiring full time, part time and seasonal employees. To apply, visit bestbuy-jobs.com.
  • Chinese lantern may have sparked N. Baltimore plastics plant blaze

    Chinese lantern may have sparked N. Baltimore plastics plant blaze

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:06:08 GMT
    Large stacks of plastic pallets in the yard of HPJ Industries on West Boundary Street started burning last Thursday around 11 p.m. sending massive flames more than 100 feet into the air for hours. 
    Large stacks of plastic pallets in the yard of HPJ Industries on West Boundary Street started burning last Thursday around 11 p.m. sending massive flames more than 100 feet into the air for hours. 

  • Red Cross facing critical blood shortage

    Red Cross facing critical blood shortage

    With barely enough to cover lifesaving needs, and with even fewer donors each day, the American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is asking for your help to prevent a crisis.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Chinese lantern may have sparked N. Baltimore plastics plant blaze

    Chinese lantern may have sparked N. Baltimore plastics plant blaze

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:06:08 GMT
    Large stacks of plastic pallets in the yard of HPJ Industries on West Boundary Street started burning last Thursday around 11 p.m. sending massive flames more than 100 feet into the air for hours. 
    Large stacks of plastic pallets in the yard of HPJ Industries on West Boundary Street started burning last Thursday around 11 p.m. sending massive flames more than 100 feet into the air for hours. 

  • Teen followed and robbed by 2 suspects speaks out

    Teen followed and robbed by 2 suspects speaks out

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:18:17 GMT
    These are the two suspects accused of robbing two teenage boys Saturday. We spoke with one of the victims. We can't show you his face, but the 15 year old says he and his buddy had just left the University of Toledo recreation center and were on the University trail. "We're riding along and just saw some people that we were just a little leery of. We wanted to avoid them so we got off to a Toledo side street up the trail here," said the victim. The teens cut through this neighborhood on their...
    These are the two suspects accused of robbing two teenage boys Saturday. We spoke with one of the victims. We can't show you his face, but the 15 year old says he and his buddy had just left the University of Toledo recreation center and were on the University trail. "We're riding along and just saw some people that we were just a little leery of. We wanted to avoid them so we got off to a Toledo side street up the trail here," said the victim. The teens cut through this neighborhood on their...
  • Cystic fibrosis drug being tested at Toledo Hospital

    Cystic fibrosis drug being tested at Toledo Hospital

     

    It's being called the greatest advance in the treatment of the fatal lung disease cystic fibrosis. 13abc's Melissa Voetsch has more on the future of a drug being tested at Toledo Hospital.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!