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IDEM launches mobile beach alert app for cells

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has announced its launching of a mobile alert system to notify beach-goers of beach conditions and closings due to E. coli, which can make water unhealthy for swimming and other recreational activities.

Indiana BeachesAlert monitors beach conditions and alerts at public and private beaches in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Kosciusko counties. The new service supplements the existing online BeachGuard System, which compiles beaches’ water quality data from mid-May through mid-September. In the past, beach enthusiasts have had the experience of discovering current advisories or closings after reaching their destination.

The new Indiana BeachesAlert mobile website provides even more services, allowing visitors to obtain real-time information throughout the season. The mobile website and subscription services interact with mobile phones for updates while on the go. The new tool can be accessed on a mobile device at

“IDEM strives to provide useful information to Hoosiers in new and exciting ways,” IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly said. “Indiana BeachesAlert gives Hoosiers and out of state visitors access to reliable and up-to-date water quality information so they can more fully enjoy Indiana’s beautiful beaches.”

E. coli is a type of bacteria found in human and animal waste. During rainfalls, snow melts or other types of precipitation, E. coli may be washed into creeks, rivers, streams, lakes, or ground water, putting swimmers at risk. Swimming related illnesses are typically minor, including ear, eye, nose and throat infections, while the most common form of illness suffered after swimming in sewage tainted waters is gastroenteritis. Those most vulnerable to illness from poor water quality are children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

For more information about the Indiana Beaches program, including testing data from previous years, visit



Posted 5/1/2011




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