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Black River Harbor reopens for swimmers


August 21, 2020

Megan Hughes/Daily Globe

EVEN WITH the beach and harbor closed to swimmers, visitors enjoy walking the paths around the Black River Harbor Sunday. The sunny days encouraged locals to leave their houses and enjoy the fresh air.


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BESSEMER - Officials with the Ottawa National Forest announced the reopening of Black River Harbor to swimmers on Tuesday after test results on the water by the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department came back as "clear and safe for body contact."

The harbor and river had been closed to swimmers since Aug. 5, following a sewage discharge by the Bessemer Township waste water treatment plant's sewage lagoon. The lagoons had reached it's maximum capacity of two feet from the top, much earlier then usual because of clear water entering the lagoon...

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