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Public Beaches and Bathing Areas

The Environmental Health Division licenses and inspects public beaches and bathing areas to ensure that they are in compliance with health and safety requirements that protect the public from potential health risks associated with swimming in recreational waters.


In addition to conducting inspections, the Environmental Division samples public bathing areas annually to test for total coliform and E. Coli bacteria.

Traveling to a Beach along Lake Erie?

The Ohio Department of Health Ohio Healthy Beach monitoring program provides updates on the safety of beaches. 

Stay Safe at the Beach
Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB's)

When there is an excessive growth of algae, it is called an algae bloom. Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) produce toxins that can cause illness in pets, livestock, and humans. HAB's are often referred to as blue-green algae. For more information on how to keep your family safe, visit the

Ohio Department of Health's page on Harmful Algal Blooms in Ohio.

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