E. coli closes Stony Creek beach; second time in 1 week

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A beach at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township is closed due to elevated E. coli levels, according to park officials.

Baypoint Beach, located at the north of Stony Creek Lake, is closed until further notice, officials announced Thursday. Eastwood Beach and the rest of the park will remain open.

It is the second time in a week that the beach has closed due to E. coli precautions. Baypoint Beach was also shuttered Aug. 25 along with a beach at Lake St. Clair Metropark.

Last summer, the state stepped up efforts to provide faster and more reliable water testing at area beaches. The new technology was designed to drastically reduce the number of days swimming areas are closed due to contamination by E. coli.

The closures wreak havoc on summer destinations such as the Lake St. Clair Metropark, which has a popular beach area that was closed more than 1-in-3 days last summer. More rainfall than usual overwhelmed local storm water systems, officials said at the time.

Escherichia coli bacteria live in the intestines of people and animals and can be transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.