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Door County looks to improve beach monitoring program

Door County officials are looking to make it even safer for you to swim at some of its beaches.


The Door County Board will weigh in on a proposal to install beach warning lights at five beaches in the county to alert swimmers of potentially high bacteria levels. In recent years, Door County has worked with UW-Oshkosh to test the swimming waters at 25 area beaches. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says problems can occur after the beaches test positive for high bacteria levels. The delay in posting a beach closure could be a day or two, potentially exposing visitors to dangerous bacteria levels when issues were already known. Health and safety warnings could be issued remotely by installing the beach warning system.


Pabich proposes installing the beach warning light system at five Door County beach locations: Otumba in Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay, Egg Harbor, Frank Murphy County Park, and Ridges County Park. To pay for the $40,000 pilot program, the county would tap into its Environmental Initiative Project allocation from its available American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars. If the program is successful, the county could also approach the newly-formed Community Investment Fund through the Door County Community Foundation and Destination Door County for a grant.


The topic will be discussed during Tuesday’s Door County Board meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. 

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