By Bob Allen
A new report says Great Lakes beaches have higher levels of contamination than many places around the country.
The Natural Resources Defense Council says 13 percent of samples around the Lakes violated public health standards last year. That's nearly twice the national average.
Most of the contamination stems from either human or animal waste getting into the water.
At the same time, beaches in Michigan fared better than the national average. The percentage of failed samples in the state was lower than all other Great Lakes states, except Minnesota.
The report says some locales have stepped up to fund more sampling over the last eight years. But six-out-of-ten Michigan beaches still are not tested.
A Department of Environmental Quality web site shows thirteen Michigan beaches closed or under advisory this week, including one in northern Michigan.
But the Health Department gave the all-clear for Hayes Township Park on Lake Charlevoix Wednesday.