About the BeachGuard System

The BeachGuard system allows local beach managers to post real-time beach monitoring and notification data online.

About Beach Monitoring

The monitoring of beaches in Michigan is voluntary and is conducted by the local health departments. Health departments are required to comply with Michigan’s WQS according to R 333.12544 of the Public Health Code, 1978 PA 368 (Act 368), as amended. According to R 333.12541 of Act 368, a local health officer or an authorized representative of a local health department that conducts tests at bathing beaches is required to notify the department and other entities of the test results within 36 hours of conducting a test or evaluation. Owners of public bathing beaches must post a sign that states whether or not the bathing beach has been tested, and if so, the location of the test results.