Water Quality & Public Notices

Water Quality & Public Notices

10/6 Beaches are all clear

10/5 Texaco beach looks all clear of blue-green algae, but small blooms are in the stagnant pools at North Beach.

10/4 visual signs of blue-green algae bloom at Texaco Beach

9/2 The final water test of the season is all clear!

8/2- 8/31 Water quality tests are all passing.

8/1 the rains cleared up the blooms in the puddles.

7/31 All beaches are clear and open. Watch for algae in the stagnant pool.

7/29 All beaches passed water quality tests.

7/28 All beaches are open! PM update: The rain cleared the pools at Leddy. AM:Leddy Beach has blue-green algae blooms in the stagnant pools. Avoid them. Keep kids and dogs out of them (although dogs should NOT be on that beach)! The main swimming water is fine!

7/26 All beaches passes e-coli tests with flying colors, and are open!

7/22 all beaches passed e-coli testing and are open.

7/21 All Burlington beaches are open today. E-coli samples were taken, results come back on Friday. We are aware of the sewage spill in Shelburne, but not certain of the effects, if any, on our water quality. Please defer to the Health Department for any concerns: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/water/recwater.aspx

7/20 All beaches are clear an open today

7/19 water test results are all passing

7/18 All beaches are clear and open this morning.

7/17 Morning reports had all beaches clear and open. By afternoon North Beach and Texaco are closed.

7/16 Status remains the same. Only Oakledge beaches are open.

7/15 Afternoon: Both Blanchard and the cove at Oakledge are clear and open! Texaco, North Beach & Leddy are closed. Boat launches: Perkins Pier is clear. Coast Guard boat launch has a small bloom.

7/15 AM: Water testing and visual tests are good. All beaches are open.

7/14 The rain helped clear up the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)

  • Leddy is clear
  • North Beach is clear
  • Texaco is clear
  • Blanchard (Oakledge) is clear
  • The Cove (Oakledge) is clear
  • Perkins Pier boat ramp is clear

Only remaining bloom is at the Coast Guard boat ramp.

We will continue to monitor them since it is supposed to be another hot day, but we have the wind on our side today so fingers crossed!


7/13 evening status:

  • Leddy – Open
  • North Beach – Closed
  • Texaco – dog beach Open rest of the beach is Cosed.
  • Oakledge (Blanchard beach)- Closed
  • Oakledge (the cove)- Open

NOTE: The stagnant pools on Leddy beach have now bloomed with blue-green algae. Stay away from those pool. The main water area is looking good. So the only beach that doesn’t have any bloom is the Cove at Oakledge Park. Staff will make rounds at 0800 tomorrow morning to see how all the beaches are doing!


7/11 North Beach and Texaco are closed to swimming due to signs of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). All beaches have passed e-coli water testing. So Leddy and Oakledge are open to swimming.

7/7 All of North Beach and Texaco Beach is closed due to Blue-Green Algae (cyanobacteria). Please respect posted signs. Do NOT allow dogs or children to swim in the water until it’s clear. Leddy Beach is reopened for swimming today. Ecoli test came back with passing number of 54.

7/6 Leddy Beach is closed until further notice due to high levels of e.coli, (water tested positive with a score of 649). Retesting will occur this afternoon.

7/1  Beaches are all open for swimming

6/13 Beaches are “all clear” and open for swimming

6/11 UPDATE: We are advising a “swim at your own risk” warning at Blanchard Beach until 3pm today. Here is the following statement regarding the incident: An unknown amount of Fire Suppressant Foam was released from a private property Thursday (6/9/16) afternoon into the Englesby Stream which feeds in at the north side of this beach.  This chemical foam can cause eye and skin irritation.  Per Vermont Act 86 this notification posting is in effect for 48 hours, until 3 pm on Saturday 6/11/16.  If you have questions about this incident please contact the Water Resources Department at 863-4501or our website: https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW

6/10 Blanchard Beach is closed until further notice as we work to evaluate the negative impacts of a release of an unknown amount of Fire Suppressant Foam from a private property into the Englesby Stream which feeds in at the north side of this beach.  If you have questions about this incident please contact the Water Resources Department at 863-4501 or check the DPW website.  Check here for status of beach closure. UPDATE: Due to the possibility of skin irritation and serious eye irritation, Blanchard Beach will remain closed for 48 hours. Please follow posted signs. We expect to reopen the Beach on Sunday.

6/9 We are unable to safely conduct our water testing today, due to high winds and wave levels. There is currently a lake wind advisory on the lake. We plan to test tomorrow.

Our beaches are monitored daily and all our public swimming areas on Lake Champlain are tested twice a week for quality and safety.

Safety notices and closures will be posted on the website here and on the home page.
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This graph below tracks water quality tests and will be updated this summer as results come in.



Learn more about water quality of Lake Champlain

Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront samples all managed swimming areas at our parks when they are open for the season. We take samples at several locations twice a week, on Monday & Thursday. Samples are sent to certified labs and results come back in 24 hours, on Tuesday & Friday. Tests are done for e-coli which is an “indicator” bacteria. It is called an indicator because while it likely does not cause sickness itself, its presence could reflect the possible presence of other sickness causing organisms. Results are a calculated count , or “most probable number” of e-coli bacteria per 100 milliliter sample. If a sample at a beach area is higher than the EPA standard of 235 e-coli per 100 milliliter sample, that area will be closed to swimming, but can remain open to other activities.  Affected sites then are tested daily and reopen to swimming once results return to acceptable levels.

For more info about healthy recreational water go to: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/water/recwater.aspx

Check current blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) tracker:


Other safety concerns include blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) which occurs naturally in lakes. However, under the right conditions they form large accumulations – referred to as blooms – which can release toxins, making the water unsafe for swimming. Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) has developed an award-winning program to provide critical data on where and when blooms are happening. The organization works with citizens, businesses, farmers, communities, and governments to protect and restore lake health. LCC focuses on three strategic areas: clean water, a healthy lake and access to the lake. They also help monitor pollution, invasive species, bacteria, toxics, global warming and water conservation. Learn more on their website:  http://www.lakechamplaincommittee.org


You can also learn more about the health of Lake Champlain through The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) which works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec, private organizations, local communities, and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. Learn more at www.lcbp.org.

Read the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s 2015 State of the Lake report. The report informs the public and resource managers about Lake Champlain’s condition, including trends in key indicators of water quality and ecosystem health.

Request a copy by contacting lcbp@lcbp.org, or head over to the online version at http://sol.lcbp.org.