LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - With beach season, waters are being tested for health safety.
The La Crosse County Health Department tests three beaches twice a week. Each Monday and Thursday, Department officials test the waters at Black River, Pettibone, and Goose Island beaches.
The Department also checks three other beaches twice a month: the Blue Bird Springs, Whispering Pines, and Neshonoc Campground beaches.
Department leaders say the decision to go to the beach is still up to each person.
"We're saying, 'Here's what our numbers are in this particular area, and what you chose to do there is up to you,’” said La Crosse County Health Department Environmental Lab Manager Carol Drury.
Each beach is tested for E-coli. When tests reach unsafe levels, warnings will be posted at the beach, or it can be closed.
You can find current reading levels on the County Health Department’s website.
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