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Raw Sewage Released Again Into Boardman River, No-Contact Advisory Issued

By Beth Milligan | June 10, 2020

For the second time in two weeks, raw sewage was released into the Boardman River Wednesday following heavy rains and flash flooding in the city.

According to a release from the Grand Traverse County Health Department, the sewage release occurred at 7:45pm Wednesday from a manhole near the intersection of North Union and Front streets - the same location where an estimated 54,000 gallons of sewage overflowed into the Boardman River two weeks ago. The Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) issued a no-body-contact advisory with surface waters in the following areas:

> The Boardman River from the pedestrian bridge near the Michigan Department of Natural Resources weir downstream to the mouth at West Grand Traverse Bay
> Private beachfront property east of the Boardman River to Bryant Park
> The following public beaches along West Grand Traverse Bay: Clinch Park Beach, Sunset Park Beach, Bryant Park Beach, Traverse City Senior Center Beach

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has been contacted and will be working with Grand Traverse County Health Department officials as well as officials with the City of Traverse City Department of Public Services to monitor the spill and make any necessary repairs to the sanitary sewer system, according to a Health Department release.

This advisory will remain in effect until further notice. Once water testing results demonstrate that the affected waters meet EGLE standards for E.coli, the advisory will be lifted.

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