According to the City of Racine Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department Facebook page, North and/or Zoo Beaches have actually been revealed as risky for swimming. There have actually been numerous advisories because July 31st triggered by Laboratory Staff discovering high bacterial counts in their daily water samples. This advisory will remain in effect up until bacteria levels are within the accepted limits.
The PCRS Department does what it can to lower bacteria levels by cleaning the beach every 2 hours. However this is the environment, so the water quality levels can't be best all the time. At least the beach hasn't been closed 80% of the season like it used to be in the 1990s, according to Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.
While it might seem like this is a problem out of resident control, it's not. The high bacteria levels are influenced by unfiltered stormwater and/or wastewater. What filters the water? Native plants and grasses. With a lot concrete nowadays, the water doesn't get filtered much. But there are things you can do at home to keep our beaches open.
A couple of solutions that Root-Pike WIN supporters to help Racine beaches are:
- Inspect your car regularly to stop oil and fluid leakages.
- Don't wash your cars and truck on your driveway, do it on the yard or take it to a carwash.
- Clean up after your family pets immediately, even at home.
- Leave turf clippings on the lawn or compost them.
- Reroute downspouts away from the drain or driveway.
- Test your soil before you fertilize.
- Record rainwater with a rain garden and trees.
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