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Lake Water Quality

Who gets their lake water tested, how often if ever? Or do people just ski and assume its ok? Chatting to an ex pro skier about this who got really sick years ago after competing on a pretty suspect site, skin sores, rashes and weight loss. Recovery was long and slow..
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  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,094 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Lots of goose poop can cause swimmers itch and other issues
    Shut up and ski
  • S1PittsS1Pitts Posts: 263 Solid Baller
    Yes we had a ski lake 10 yrs ago that we tested. Barely passed but never really had health issues from it.
    Also moved from a community back in the late nineties because the water in the lake made me very ill every time I skied. The algae in this lake was the culprit. Next closest lake was several hrs away so goodbye.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,080 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited February 18
    The Pro Tour had a stop in Syracuse, NY on a lake badly polluted by Hooker Chemical. “No Swimming” signs were posted everywhere. The conditions were so bad though that no one was really out in the water for long.
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  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,242 Mega Baller
    @lpskier Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens comes to mind as well. Pro Tour stop back in 2005. Heard that place was nasty.
  • DWDW Posts: 2,297 Mega Baller
    @ozski - we do bi-annual water testing, part of the water quality, invasive species & weed control program. We also monitor clarity over the season to add to the state database.
  • 75Tique75Tique Posts: 155 Crazy Baller
    @lpskier John. I was not paying super close attention back then, but it must have been in the 90s as I lived in the area at the time and remember the concerns about that tour stop and the water quality. Onondaga lake is a cesspool, with old industries and the county WWTP along the southern and western shores. I currently live on a small, neighborhood lake that has some public beaches. Three times a year, before major holidays, we test the water near the beaches for e. coli. Usually fine. Lots of geese around, plus septic systems surround lake, but must be designed right as rarely any excursions.
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  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 1,055 Mega Baller
    I’m sure @Chad_Scott could write a book about the issues at the Malibu Open site in Milwaukee!
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  • bojansbojans Posts: 288 Solid Baller
    Where does one go to get water tested?
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,128 Mega Baller
    County Health Department should be able to do it. Or, State Health Department - if an office is nearby.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • buoyboy1buoyboy1 Posts: 127 Baller
    I test my lake water every few years and use a small company that is close by. "Google around" and find a private company. Personally, I would stay away from a local gov't agency in case the tests come back and the water is suspect. They might try to over-reach and make you jump through too many hoops to get it corrected. I only test for Nitrates and Fecal Coliform. Each sample cost less than $50.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,569 Mega Baller
    @Chad_Scott - that'd be abundantly easy to pull off its so close to the lake. Up the lake from the lagoon is a coffee shop in the old Milwaukee river flushing station - the river was so polluted that they started pumping water from the lake to the river.

    They could flush the lagoon for not much work and make it swimmable/skiable.
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,094 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Or just add about 100 lbs of copper sulfate a few weeks prior to the event
    Shut up and ski
  • Chad_ScottChad_Scott Posts: 566 Open or Level 9 Skier
    they have not made that offer. @The_MS almost did that the night before the thing got cancelled on us. They were not really supportive of that solution
  • MilfordMilford Posts: 118 Open or Level 9 Skier
    edited February 19
    We have used a company named SePro out of North Carolina. They have been great to work with and have many options to accommodate different issues. We have also used a local company to do annual baseline testing for things like Phosphorus, Nitrate/Nitrite, Calcium, PH, Sulfate, Coliform and EColi. Attached is SePro's lab pricing chart to give you an idea of what is available. We used the Algae ID service for $97 and got a full report of what algae is in our lake along with options to fix. Very helpful in putting together a plan and establishing a budget for a long term mitigation strategy.
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