Above, signs like this were posted at Big Green Lake’s Dodge Memorial Park beach last weekend when the beach was put under advisory.
Above, signs like this were posted at Big Green Lake’s Dodge Memorial Park beach last weekend when the beach was put under advisory.

   Several area individuals were shocked last week Friday when Green Lake Association announced via Facebook Big Green Lake’s Dodge Memorial Park was closed due to high E. coli levels.

   As it turns out, the beach is not actually closed, though some concerns exist.

   Green Lake County Health Department put the beach under an “advisory,” clarified Green Lake County health officer Kathy Munsey, noting the other beaches around the lake are safe.

   “We put an advisory out there at the beach, [which] is what we actually did,” Munsey said.

   Even though a Facebook post inaccurately announced the beach was closed, she explained, “it’s fine. The weather was not conducive to swimming last week anyway, so there wasn’t anybody swimming.”

   According to Munsey, the levels of E. coli in the water at the beach were not high enough to warrant closing the beach.

   The Green Lake Sanitary District tests the lake’s beaches every week and sends the reported levels to the Green Lake County Health Department.

   The human services staff then confer with the department’s environmental health specialist along with the Sanitary District to decided whether the beaches are safe.

   Green Lake County Health Department is still waiting to receive the test results from this week to see if the beach is safe yet.

   Read the full story, including possible side effects from swimming in water with high E. coli levels, in the June 20, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.