Monday, July 11, 2005

Fun on the Lakes

Here is a photo of Carl having some water fun. Well, not really. It is from this story about new water toys on the market in today's Wisconsin State Journal.

What the article fails to mention is the dismal state of the lakes around Madison. I took a bike ride around Lake Monona Sunday morning and there is green algae and weeds from one side to the other in Monona Bay - and it stunk. My ride also took me along Wingra Creek which feeds into Lake Wingra - the creek is totally choked with lily pads and other water vegetation.

Last year the Dane county board passed a "no phosphorous" bill that stated anyone's lawn fertilizer had to be certified phosphorous free - this to protect the lakes. A lot of good that did.

This year some solar powered paddling machines were put in Monona Bay to stir the water to impede the growth of algae and weeds - they were totally socked in with weeds.

On a daily basis you have to check here to see if certain beaches are open or not because of bacteria - even e-coli have been detected in the lakes!

So, what to do. I don't have the answer to that, but I can guarantee that the fertilizer ban won't get rescinded - even though it failed in the worst way.

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