In the Fall of 2011, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health was awarded funding from the Ohio Department of Health to conduct sanitary surveys at the beaches along the Lake Erie coast.  An “Annual Sanitary Survey” consists of investigating the sources of fecal contamination to a body of water.  As a result, state and local beach program managers and public health officials are able to identify sources of beach water pollution, assess the magnitude of pollution, and identify priority locations for water quality testing.