WUPHD issues precautionary beach closure advisory for contamination

COPPER HARBOR — The Western U.P. Health Department continues to maintain a precautionary beach closure for Lighthouse Overlook Beach on Lake Superior in Copper Harbor, MI. Grant Township began a discharge of their sewage lagoon on July 9.

The public should avoid swimming and other water recreation where there is high likelihood of water contact near the sewage lagoon discharge. The public should be aware that Grant Township is fully cooperating with MDEQ are working diligently to correct the issue with the lagoon.

The Health Department is continuing to monitor the surface water areas that have been affected. This precautionary beach closure advisory remains in effect until lagoon modifications and treatment have been completed, and results from sampling verify the water is safe.

Routine sampling conducted by the Health Department has confirmed that all other locations in and around Copper Harbor are safe for swimming and recreation.