Madison, Dane County announce new program aimed at keeping beaches algae-free

MADISON, Wis. — Madison and Dane County officials on Wednesday announced a new Clean Beach Corridor program aimed at keeping area beaches clear of algae.

A filtration system has been installed at a designated swimming area at Warner Park Beach to circulate water.

“The county made the main investment in the equipment, the city provided a building, and the city is going to be paying for the ongoing maintenance of the system,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said. “It’s great to be able to have a partnership like this because we can accomplish so much for folks.”

The project is the first in a series to encourage safe swimming for those at area lakes. The county is also working with farmers to reduce runoff as well as on prairie and wetland restoration to get to the root causes of the algae blooms that have occurred on area lakes.

Public Health Madison & Dane County samples nearly two dozen beaches in the county weekly between Memorial Day and Labor Day to monitor for blue-green algae and E. coli bacteria. The department warns people not to swim in water that looks like “pea soup” or green or blue paint. Water that has puffy blobs or scum on the surface should also be avoided.

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