The water at the Public Beach at Menominee Park hasn't been tested for e-coli or other contaminants for years, but after a well researched request from Justin Mitchell and encouragement from the Oshkosh Energy & Environment Advisory Board and former Mayor Frank Tower, City Manager Mark Rohloff has given the green light for the city Health Department to work with the University to establish a beach monitoring program for 2009.
The UW Oshkosh Biology Department is already involved with beach testing across the state from Great Lakes beaches to inland beaches. Normal costs for standard weekly water testing might range from $10 to $15 per week, but at the April Energy & Environment Advisory Board meeting University faculty stated that they would be willing to test for free through the 2009 beach season.
The Health Department and Dr. Kleinheinz at the University met and made arrangements last week.
- The University will start monitoring the beach May 25 and continue through August
- Samples will be taken twice a week, with additional testing as needed
- Test results will be posted at the DNR's beach website: http://www.wibeaches.us/
- If the City (Parks Division) puts up a 4x4 post the University will provide signage used at other public beaches to alert beach users of the most recent test results