This weekend the second annual Mad-City Dual takes place in Monona Bay at Brittingham Park (visible on the north portion of this map – also notice the weeds). Now what makes this interesting is currently, Monona Bay is chuck full of weeds. It looks like a field, not a body of water (to the right is a picture of the bay), and they plan on having a barefoot figure eight tournament in there?
Simple put, there is some work to be done. The weed cutters are all poised to go to work in there, but still, there is a lot of work to do. Nearly the entire bay is overgrown with weeds. Just a couple weeks ago, back on Memorial Day, I managed to sneak a run in there, but even then, we had to pick the boat path carefully.
In Monona Bay they’ve placed these things called Solarbees that are suppose to reduce the amount of weeds and algae. Based on what I’ve seen, they aren’t helping to control the weeds. Most of the ‘bees are surrounded by weeds. The county has also received a $100,000 grant to protect the lakes and streams. I’m hoping they spend the money wisely.
I do hope this tournament is successful. And that the water cleanup is successful. It would be nice to be able to go skiing in Monona Bay in July and not have to imagine that you’re a swamp monster. The water is nice and clear in April and the beginning of May, why can’t it be clear in June, July, August and September?