University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

Just in time for National Beach Safety Week and Rip Current Awareness Week June 4-11, beaches on lakes Superior and Michigan will be safer thanks to continuation of two projects. The first addresses the threat of rip currents. To detect and predict the presence of these dangerous currents, researchers are installing beach web cams and underwater wave sensors at three beaches: Port Washington, Wis.; McKinley Beach in Milwaukee; and Park Point Beach in Duluth, Minn. The second project, called “Be Current Smart,” is a Great Lakes-wide public awareness campaign and beach safety equipment distribution effort. Also in its second year, the project involved distributing free water safety and emergency rescue equipment to 41 beaches last summer in Wisconsin.

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