The start of beach season is almost here, and along with packing your beach bags and picnic lunches, you can now stay up to date on the latest Beach Advisories from the Kalamazoo County's Health and Community Services’ Bathing Beach Monitoring webpage!

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Kalamazoo County beaches are being monitored beginning today (May 23rd) through August 29, 2016. Water samples, taken by Kalamazoo County Environmental Health staff each week during the season, are tested for intestinal bacteria. All Bathing Beach advisories for the 2016 beach sampling season will be posted to the county's website at:

Bathing Beach sampling begins today at the following public beaches:

· Cold Brook County Park

· Robert Morris Park

· Fort Custer State Recreation Area

· Ross Township Park

· Prairie View County Park

· Ramona Park

· Markin Glen County Park

· Woods Lake City Park

· Sunset Lake Park