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Eau Claire City-County Health Department. An accredited Health Department by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) - Advancing public health performance.

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The map below shows the current status (open, closed, advisory) of the beaches. Scroll below map for FAQs.

 

 

 

Eau Claire County Beach FAQs

Testing And Closing Procedures

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  • What beaches do you test?

  • What do you test for?

  • How often do you test?

  • What is the difference in a water quality advisory vs. closure?

  • Can I swim in the water if a water quality advisory is posted?

Harmful Algae and Bacteria

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  • What are algae blooms?

  • Are all algae blooms dangerous?

  • What should I do if I see a bloom?

  • What are the health effects of harmful algae?

  • Can harmful algae make my pet sick?

  • Are children more vulnerable to algae toxins and bacteria than adults?

  • What are the health effects of unsafe bacteria?

  • Is it safe to swim with an open wound (example: cut, tattoo, piercing)?

  • What causes Swimmer's Itch?

  • What do I do if I have been exposed to harmful algae?

  • Is it safe to eat fish from water with an algae bloom?

  • Is it safe to eat fish from water with unsafe bacteria levels?

For more information, visit:
WI Department of Natural Resources https://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/bluegreenalgae/ 
WI Department of Health Services: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/water/bg-algae/index.htm