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Three Madison beaches closed due to bacteria and blue-green algae

August 1, 2018

Madison’s James Madison, Tenney and Vilas beaches were closed Tuesday morning due to high levels of blue-green algae and bacteria.

James Madison and Tenney beach closings were due to blue-green algae levels whereas Vilas was closed due to high amounts of bacteria, according to a beach alert from Public Health Madison and Dane County.

The alert advised residents not to swim at the beaches until bacteria and green-algae levels are down and said lifeguards were not posted at any of the beaches due to the closing.

These closings come almost a month after a blue-green algae bloom struck the Madison area, closing almost all of the city’s 19 beaches.

Beach conditions can change, so check the Public Health web page for updates.

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