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Schultz, Jennifer (ed.) / Wisconsin engineer
Volume 103, Number 4 (September 1999)

Waite, Nicole Angela
Go ahead, dive in,   pp. 10-13


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dressed. Evervone can help by doing little
things, such as bagging their grass clippings
and avoiding nitrogen-rich fertilizers.
The cause of the algae in the lakes is well-
researched, but what about the effects? Can
students swim in the lake safely? The answer
to this question is not clear. Blue-green a]-
gae itself, unless you swallow large amounts,
will not harm you. However, the same nu-
trients that algae need to grow also feed
many types of bacteria, and it is the bacteria
in the lake that can make you sick.
Overall, algae blooms are a nuisance, but
they don't prevent me from taking advan-
tage of the beautiful, refreshing lake on a hot
summer's day-along with sailing enthusi-
asts, the UW-Madison Crew and Waterski
Teams and countless others. Don't let the
green stuff stop you either.
Author Bio: Nicole (twiggy) Angela Waite
is a junior in Chemical Engineering. You can
find her swimming or waterskiing in the lake
in the summer, covered in green and loving it.
C FNFRAI,
With the many street sewers draining to the lake, the people of Madison must
make
every effort to prevent dumping hazardous waste.
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