Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lake Michigan Trash

Garbage washing up on Lake Michigan shore

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) -- Hundreds of pounds of garbage have washed onto a 10-mile stretch of Lake Michigan beaches in Manistee and Mason counties.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the source of the garbage, which includes medical waste such as prescription drug bottles and even needles.

Petty Officer Ryan Bedes of the Coast Guard station in Manistee says some of the items carry Wisconsin names and addresses.

In Manistee, officials closed a beach where some junk piles were up to eight inches high before crews began hauling it away by the truckload. Authorities have warned people not to touch or swim near the trash.

The local health department took water samples from 21 beaches Monday for analysis.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has sent staffers from the medical waste program to the area.

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