The Environment and Your Summer Outing

Our enjoyment of beach outings, picnics, or time outside often rises or falls depending on environmental conditions from pollution to excessive heat. Before you head out, you can check on relevant conditions at these websites. Stay safe and have fun out there this summer!

Public beach closures: Beachguard


Great Lakes Surface Water Temperatures:  NOAA Coastwatch 

Safety is important when you head to the beach — make sure to know how to avoid a rip current.


UV Index: Weather Online


Air Quality: AirNow


Wind Speed and Direction:


Fish Consumption Advisories and Guidance on How to Reduce Exposure to Contaminants in Fish: Department of Health and Human Services

And if you’re interested in seeing the latest data and trends on the detection of Covid-19 in wastewater (an indicator of future trends), click here.   

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