The Inter-Agency Technical Task Force on E. coli consists of technical experts from local, state, and federal agencies who have banded together in an effort to solve northwest Indiana's bacteria induced beach closure problem. A comprehensive approach to the problem will include consistent methods of data collection for the development of a real-time forecasting system, identification of the sources and fate of the bacteria, and a systematic program of remediation. These measures are necessary to ensure for the State of Indiana the safety of public health and the economic vitality of the recreational use of the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Common Goals of the Task Force
- Prepare a scope of work which sets forth objectives and outlines a technical strategy to comprehensively eliminate bacteria induced beach closings.
- Define and prioritize the actions consistent with the scope of work that are needed to be accomplished in order to eliminate bacteria induced beach closings.
- Educate local officials and general public about the efforts of the technical task force to eliminate the problem.
- Invite broad public participation in the development of a strategy to assure a healthy beach environment and for active participation in the solutions to beach closings.
- Enter an agreement to support the scope of work and outline the roles and contributions of participating agencies.
- Pursue funding opportunities, through active partnerships among the participants and through support for individual efforts, which are in harmony with the implementation of the actions outlined in the scope of work.
- Maintain a forum that provides the opportunity for continued communication and exchange of information between cooperating agencies and interested citizens.