While for the most part Hillsmere Shores beach is a safe place to swim. In recent years, there have been troubling spikes in bacteria readings. There is a large resident goose population that could be the cause, but there have been spikes even when they have not been present and it hasn’t rained. With enough data, we hope a pattern will emerge that will point to the source of the bacteria spikes. Click here for historical data. Sampling is performed in summer, so┬ánew data will be added starting┬áin late May.