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TEN THREATS: BACTERIA HITS THE BEACHES

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Lake Michigan dunes with a power plant in the background. (Photo courtesy of EPA)

If you swim or play on the beaches around the Great Lakes, you've probably heard about 'beach closings.' At best, the situation is an inconvenience. At worst, it's a serious health risk for some people. That's because the beaches are closed due to dangerous levels of bacteria in the water. Beach closures are not all that new, but Shawn Allee reports… the science behind them could change dramatically in the next few years:

Alliance for the Great Lakes on why beach closings matter

Sierra Club website on sewage overflows

EPA website about beach pollution

Producer: Shawn Allee
Release Date: December 12, 2005
Running Time: 4:30

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