Swimming risk raised at Portage beach...

Swimming risk raised at Portage beach front

There are 5 comments on the Post Tribune story from Feb 22, 2008, titled Swimming risk raised at Portage beach front. In it, Post Tribune reports that:

“What bothers me as a taxpayer, here's all these millions being spent on the Marquette Plan and the whole thing can go down the drain if the beach is polluted all the time and they have to close the beach.”

Portage Lakefront Park is scheduled for opening in the fall, but several critics question whether it will live up to expectations for swimming and fishing. via Post Tribune

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Civil Engineer

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Feb 26, 2008
Given that Ogden Dunes beach, right next to the Portage lakefront, has a record as having very few beach closures, it does not seem very likely that the Portage beach, with nothing but an imaginary borderline in between, would be a whole lot more polluted. I suspect that the concern is an exaggeration.

In either case, the problem is not with the new park, but with the polluted Burns Ditch. The concern should be with the Ditch being one of the biggest sources of pollution on the south shore. The solution is not to abandon the beach to pollution, but to clean up the Ditch. It will be a big job to do that, but it needs to get started.

Valparaiso, IN

#2 Oct 1, 2009
Having been involved with the design of this project, I have heard the question of cleaning up Burns Ditch raised repeatedly.
Although it was not within the scope of the park project to clean up Burns Ditch, by giving access to the beach we hope that there would be raised awareness of the pollution from Burns Ditch. When visitors from surrounding communities in the watershed find that the beach is closed or filthy and ask why, they may find that the source of the pollution may be from their very own backyards.
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Portage, IN

#3 Jan 9, 2010
The Breakwall topped with concrete(WALKWAY) seperates the good from the bad..

The East side is Burns Ditch, I would venture to say this is never suitable, or would pass a pollution test.NEVER EVER.

The west side of walk way is beach front adjacent to Ogden Dunes Beach. Water flowing south to north from the Burns ditch waterway is flowing directly into Lake Mich. With a North,East,or West wind how can a person could figure the joining water would not also be polluted? You can see the mud line as the water flows from Burns Ditch into the Lake..This is POLLUTION not mud line...

If you would not Swim/walk in Burns ditch stay away from the beach adjacent to the water flowing out of Burns Ditch.

Why is the City not charging Out of town residents to enter the Park..Go to Gary Parks/Valpo parks..Out of town residents are charged enterance fees..I live in Portag and would Be happy to pay Myself if it would help supporta REAL CLEAN-UP.

Good Luck
Gene Youngman

United States

#4 Apr 7, 2010
The location is ideal for a nudist camp.

Kouts, IN

#5 Jul 17, 2011
I understand a 14 or 15 year old may have died swimming here on the 15th of July. It is not safe when rip currents are high

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