MONTAGUE – There is currently a contamination advisory in affect for Maple Beach located at the Maple Grove Park off of Goodrich Street.

The advisory went into affect on July 9, but is still listed on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Beach Guard website as having one. The website lists the beach being tested three times in the month of July.

The first test was on July 2 which measured 59 E.Coli per 100 milliliters (ml), the second test was taken on July 9 with a measurement of 365 E.Coli per 100 ml, and the third test was on July 10 at 488 E.Coli per 100 ml.

Under the Water Quality Standards by the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act state protected waters should not go above 130 E.Coli per 100 ml, and at no time should it be above 300.

Results taken are based off of a geometric mean, which uses the products and not the sums of the data to calculate an average. Samples are to be taken over a 30 day period.

On July 9 Duck Lake beach in Fruitland Township was closed due to E.Coli, but was reopened the next day. Maple Beach has had advisories put on it due to high levels of bacteria in 2018, 2017, 2009 and 2008.

In 2018 and 2017 the advisories were placed in the month of July.

Montague City manager Jeff Auch said he believes the high levels of E.Coli are due to the geese in the area. E.Coli is bacteria that is found in the environment, food, and intestines of both people and animals.