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Cyanobacteria closes all Burlington beaches on Monday

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 2:19 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2021 at 3:33 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront officials will be testing Lake Champlain around 10 a.m. Tuesday to see if it’s safe to swim following a blue-green algae bloom.

As a result, there was no swimming at any Burlington beaches on Monday.

While closing the beach on a hot summer’s day isn’t great timing, some folks don’t mind.

“I definitely get frustrated when I come up here and it happens every summer,” said one beachgoer.

“Honestly, it’s not a super big inconvenience for me as I just like to be here on the beach and enjoy it as well,” said Sophia Tall of Essex.

“I think I’m a little more on the cautious side when it comes to that, so I was just not really bothered by the fact that we can’t swim,” said another beachgoer.

But others are tired of the yearly occurrence.

“I’ve lived here a couple years. This happens every summer, and so far I’ve always listened to it, but this summer, I’m thinking maybe I’m gonna take the risk,” said one Burlington beachgoer.

The water is off-limits at Blanchard, Oakledge, Leddy, North and Texaco beaches. Blooms have also been spotted near the Burlington Boathouse and Perkins Pier.

Erin Moreau, the waterfront superintendent, said the blooms were spotted during a routine daily water check.

The blooms, which cause harmful toxins, occur after prolonged stretches of hot weather. They can be harmful to kids and pets if swallowed.

Burlington Waterfront staff will recheck the beaches Tuesday morning. Updates will be posted on their website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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