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According to the Wisconsin DNR, beach monitoring partners across the state (e.g., universities, local public health departments and consultants) collect E. coli information at monitored beaches 1-5 times weekly and post swimming advisories for those beaches based on that information. Additionally, some beaches have developed nowcasting models on which to base advisories. Beach managers also collect routine sanitary survey information at all monitored beaches, which tracks meteorological variables such as temperature and wind speed as well as water quality variables such as temperature, algae, turbidity (cloudiness) and wave height.
In order to alert the public about potentially unhealthy water quality conditions at Great Lakes beaches, local health departments will post swimming advisories. Depending on the severity of conditions, or if there are other safety concerns such as high waves, beaches may be closed.
IN ASHLAND: Surveys are being completed by the Burke Center at Northland College. Bayview Beach is tested weekly; Kreher, Maslowski, and the 6th Avenue Beaches are tested twice weekly. Results will be posted on the City's Facebook page, or found at this WI DNR link.
Notifications made through the Wisconsin Beach Health database include the principal reason reported for any swim advisory or closure, such as:
Chemical Discharge/Spill - Dangerous Currents - Elevated Bacteria - Nowcast Prediction - Sewage Discharge/Spill
Check on your beach destination anywhere across the State before heading out, look for the most up to date beach report at DNR Beach Health.