The blue-green algae doesn?t seem as aggressive on Madison lakes, but that doesn?t mean Public Health Madison and Dane County isn?t keeping a close eye on blooms.
Water from city and county beaches? is tested at least once a week. Lucas Treutel was in charge of collecting those samples Wednesday.
Some shores have been shut down to swimmers because of high bacteria levels, but Treutel has not seen much blue-green algae yet this season.
?It's been pretty mild this summer,? Treutel said.
Werner Beach was shut down for a large bloom earlier this week, but was reopened once the algae left that part of the lake.
With or without the department shutting down the beaches, Treutel said its hard to miss the potentially toxic algae. If the blue tint doesn?t tip swimmers off and turn them away, the odor usually does.
?Just getting a whiff of it,? Treutel said, ?you wouldn't want to go on that beach.?