People on a Lake Michigan beach, near Chicago

As schools close for the year and summer weather beckons, many recreationalists head to the Great Lakes' public beaches. However, these coastal areas can become contaminated with disease-causing bacteria that threaten public health, disrupt water recreation, and pay a toll on the Great Lakes economies that depend on summer tourism.

Image credit: Richard Whitman, U.S Geological Survey. Public domain.

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