water safety

The Ticker is reporting on Facebook that a sewage spill has led health officials in Grand Traverse County to suggest staying out of the water at some beaches in Traverse City.

Should a Wisconsin city with a contaminated groundwater supply be allowed to siphon drinking water from Lake Michigan?

Waukesha's groundwater supply has a radium problem. Being 17 miles from Lake Michigan, Waukesha's proposed solution is to draw water from the lake. 

But according to the Great Lakes Compact, Waukesha cannot just lay down a pipeline and start drinking Lake Michigan water. It has to ask, and all eight Great Lakes governors have to say "yes."

Morgan Springer

 


Grand Traverse County could be forced to decide whether to spend $1 million to fix Easling Pool in the next year. Financial concerns about the only public pool in the area have sparked debate about whether water safety is the county’s responsibility.

There are plenty of places to swim up north, but until recently school kids didn’t get any water safety training. Now the county might get out of that business.

Police and the U.S. Coast Guard are urging people not to swim in Grand Traverse Bay or other frigid bodies of water.

A social media challenge has many teenagers and some adults heading to the beach for a quick dip and challenging their friends to do the same.

Recent deaths from drowning in Grand Traverse County have put water safety in the high school curriculum. All freshmen in Traverse City schools will spend a few hours this year learning about the dangers of water.

Such instruction is less common that you might think up north.

If you grew up downstate, you might have taken swimming lessons at school and learned some of the basic safety mantras like, “reach or throw, don’t go” if a swimmer is in trouble. But few schools up north have swimming pools. Harbor Springs is a notable exception.

Lawsuit Expected Next Week in TC Marina Drowning

Sep 9, 2011

Lawyers plan to file a lawsuit against the city of Traverse City on behalf of a teen who died while swimming in a public marina last month.  The family of Michael Knudsen will sue the city of Traverse City for the teen's death at Clinch Park Marina last month. Knudsen died after he dove off of a dock and was shocked by a short in an underwater electrical line.  Lawyer Dean Robb, who is representing the family, said the suit will likely be filed next week. 

The City of Ludington is considering spending $40,000 next year for beach safety, after a tragic summer for swimmers at the city beach and pier.

"No one here can remember the last time we had a drowning at the beach let alone three," says City Manager John Shay.

He says Ludington discontinued its lifeguard service last year because of financial pressures.

Now city officials could bring back lifeguards, do regular beach patrols, or put life saving rings along the pier.