No body contact advisory for Grand River in Ionia Co.

Ionia County
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PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Portland is working to protect its residents after a sewage overflow into the Grand River.

Excavating crews are building a barrier to help protect the waste water treatment plant. In a post on Facebook, the city of Portland said the river is stable and emergency personnel will closely monitor it throughout the night. 

The move comes after a sewage overflow Friday at the plant, which is located at 600 Morse Drive.

As a precaution, the Ionia County Health Department issued a no body contact advisory for part of the Grand River downstream of the treatment plant.

When conditions improve, the water will be tested for the presence of E. coli, according to a release from the health department. Further details on that testing weren’t immediately released.

Anyone with questions about the advisory should contact the Ionia County Health Department at 616.527.5341 or online at

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