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Maine Beaches Warned of Fecal Bacteria

This is indeed true. This is hard for me to believe, too, but it’s a real thing. Maine officials are warning people about the poop that is on its beaches.

According WGME this summer, you don’t just need to be concerned about sunscreen. Officials are warning all Maine beachgoers to test bacteria levels before entering the water.

You heard it right. You’re ready to play the new beach game “Dodge the Poo Water.”

Willard Beach is my favorite beach in South Portland. However, as stated in the , there were 15 poo advisory notices issued last summer.

According to an article, city officials in South Portland claim that bacteria levels are higher after rain due to runoff of pet poop and fertilizers.

Beach waters are reportedly a breeding ground for bacteria. This is not a horror movie plot, so don’t be alarmed. This is a simple reminder to be aware of water quality.

According to an article lifeguards test the water regularly to let swimmers if it is safe to dive in. You will also see signs that the water levels are too high.

Fred Dillon, from the South Portland Stormwater Program, says:

Our lifeguards collect water samples twice a week, on Mondays and Tuesdays. If they detect bacteria above the threshold for swimming in the water, they will sample again to determine if it is safe.

Visit the Maine Healthy Beaches Portal for daily beach bacteria levels. This will ensure that you and your family can swim safely on Maine beaches.

You can check if any Maine Beaches have elevated bacteria advisories. I clicked on the hyperlink and was taken to a warning at Long Sands Beach, York.

Keep informed, keep healthy and avoid swimming in poo.

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