MADISON (WKOW) – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people to play it safe this summer when going to the beach.
The DNR says people should log on to the Wisconsin beach health website to check on water quality conditions of Great Lakes and inland beaches before heading to the beach.
The DNR also recommends that people should avoid swimming after heavy rains because it can sweep contaminants into lakes and rivers and affect the water quality.
Beachgoers should watch out for blue-green algae blooms because it can produce harmful toxins. If swimmers can't see their feet when they're knee-deep in the water, they should probably stay on dry land. The DNR also wants to remind swimmers to wash themselves after a day in the water, as well as any pets that come in contact with the water.