Madison area beaches closed for labor Day weekend

 No Madison area swimming beaches will be open for the Labor Day weekend, according to Public Health Madison-Dane County. 

This also means the possibility of no life guards on duty for the last weekend they are officially scheduled to keep watch on swimmer safety. 

Recent rainy downpours have raised lake levels to record heights. Along with some high bacteria counts, E.coli and other organic material might have been washed into lake water that could be hazardous to swimmers.

There is also the danger of floating or partially submerged debris which could float into swimming areas.

Public Health says it will test the waters again Friday before deciding if any beaches can be opened for the official last weekend of summer.

The high lake levels also mean power boaters will need to strictly adhere to the slow-no wake rule instituted by the Dane County Sheriff's Department.

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