By Paul Schmitt
The beach testing in Kewaunee County along Lake Michigan begins this week. Selner Beach in Kewaunee and Crescent Beach in Algoma will be tested twice a week during the summer for the presence of E. coli bacteria. When water samples are above certain levels, advisory or closure signs are posted at the beaches. Kewaunee County Public Health Director Cindy Kinnard explains the procedure if levels reach a point necessary to disclose an increased health risk.
CFUs stand for colony-forming units. Kinnard says that the Kewaunee beach had only one advisory last year while Algoma’s Crescent Beach had two advisories and just one closure. She credits the good work done on the beaches in the past for the positive testing results.