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Beach Monitoring at State Beaches
OK for swimming Swimming Not Recommended Beach Closed Insufficient Data

Each marker on the map above represents one of the beaches monitored weekly across the state from May 21 to August 23, 2012.

Water quality conditions change rapidly, therefore swimming in Iowa?s waters should always be considered on a ?swim at your own risk? basis. The beach monitoring program collects and disseminates water quality data to help the public make informed decisions about recreating at state and local beaches. Further explanation of current beach status can be found below:

OK for Swimming ? no bacteria or algal toxin standards were exceeded during the last sample collection.

Swimming Not Recommended ? one or more bacteria or algal toxin standards were exceeded during the last sample collection.

Beach Closed ? although the Iowa Department of Natural Resources does not generally close beaches due to elevated concentrations of bacteria or algal toxins, closures may occasionally occur due to flooding, wastewater bypasses, or documented reports of swimming-related illness. Closures may also be due to lake drawdowns or renovations.

Insufficient Data ? no sample was collected during the previous week.