So according to this article there is an outbreak of Fecal Coliform and Enterococci on the Kenai beach.
At what point do we close the contaminated beaches to the public when we have an outbreak like this?
I know the dipnet season is about to start on these beaches.
Is it safe to let people fish,camp,clean fish etc. on a contaminated beach?
If there is enough bacteria on these beaches to make posting warning signs a good idea should we allow people to clean fish there?
I know in times past they posted warnings in the newspapers during dipnet season when we had bacterial outbreaks this year it sounds like signs will be posted at beach access points.
This year it appears we know before the season starts that the area is infected. It would certainly be easier to close them now and not wait until dipping is in full swing and it becomes hard to get people to leave if the bacteria levels get a lot worse.
I would venture the bacteria will get worse as the masses descend on the beach for the dipnet season as in years past the bacteria showed up after the season was in full swing.
So the question I pose is at what point do we close the beaches when we have a situation like this? Or do we allow the public to use them at their own rish and roll the dice that nobody gets bacterial poisioning or other issues from it?