Lake Michigan water levels are down about 17 inches since June 2012.
The water levels in Lake Michigan are down more than five feet since 1997 and the low lake levels could have significant launching hazards for boaters as well swimmers in along the North Shore, Glencoe News reported. At Elder Lane Park beach, the swimming boundaries are currently only at waist level and moving swimmers further out could put swimmers in higher traffic boating areas, Glencoe News reported.
In 2011, Natural Resources Defense Council rated beach as having one of the highest percentages of bacterial samples found in the water; Park District says information is inaccurate today.
A 2011 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) labeled Elder Lane Park Beach as having one of the highest levels of bacteria across the country. The Winnetka Park District, who oversees water quality at the village’s beaches, says the report is no longer accurate. An article from Channel 7/ WLS News published Wednesday, June 27, reported the water at the beach failed to meet the state’s maximum bacterial standards 54-percent of the time. “The NRDC report and those reporting its findings have not taken into account [the] corrective measures that have taken place over the last year,” according to a press release from Mary Cherveny, communications/marketing manager at the Winnetka Park District. The press release went on to …