Harder to Test Beaches for Diseases
WKOW-TV (Madison, WI)
Posted May 14th, 2005
A 2-year state grant for a special test that detects
disease-causing organisms in Madison beaches is drying
The test is what saved swimmers from dangerous levels
of E-coli bacteria at Vilas beach in the past.
The Health Department says standard tests are enough
to keep swimmers safe but stops short of saying the public
is completely free from danger without it.
"I don't know if you ever can say that but I believe
that we do enough to keep people safe," says Kirsta
Sorsa, the Environmental Supervisor at the Madison Public
The Health Department says grants are hard to find for
inland beaches like Vilas because a recent law directs
most funding to the great lakes and coastal waters.