ST. CLAIR SHORES (WWJ) – Be careful around the waters of St. Clair Shores this Memorial Day weekend, as the state has issued a no swimming advisory in addition to a “Do Not Eat” advisory for fish.

Several Lake St. Clair beaches will be off-limits to swimmers this weekend because of e-coli bacteria levels. The heavy rains have led to an increase in bacteria, making it unsafe for swimmers.

Metro Beach in Harrison Township, along with Blossom Heath Beach and Memorial Park Beach, both in St. Clair Shores, will be closed for the Memorial Day weekend. Water test results will  not be available until next week.

The state is also warning against eating fish that are caught in St. Clair Shores canals, due to concerns of contamination.

The Michigan Department of Community Health has issued a “Do Not Eat” advisory for fish that are caught in canals on 10 Mile, Lange and Revere in St. Clair Shores.

Heath officials found high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from samples taken from carp, large mouth bass, pumpkinseed and black crappies.

PCBs are a group of toxic chemicals used in coolants, insulators and lubricants that have been shown to cause cancer.

In addition, consumption of carp or catfish caught in Lake St. Clair should also be avoided until further testing can be completed.

Health department officials tell the Macomb Daily, homeowners are being sent letters and signs will be posted along the canals.

If you’re looking for something else to do with your holiday weekend, check out this guide to Memorial Day weekend.


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