September 20, 2006
Media Release

2006 Beach Sampling Program Ends

 
 
NEWMARKET    The beach sampling program has now ended for the 2006 season. York Region Health Services monitored water quality at 18 York Region public bathing beaches during the summer months to ensure that the water quality was safe for swimming. High levels of bacteria in the water can cause skin, ear, eye, nose and throat infections as well as stomach disorders.
 
If the level of bacteria was high enough to cause illness, York Region Health Services posted a sign at the beach warning residents that the beach was unsafe for bathing and that the high level of bacteria in the water may pose a health risk. When the water was once again safe for swimming, the beach was re-opened.
 
In 2006, beaches were posted due to high bacterial levels for a total of 80 days. This is lower than in 2005 when beaches were posted for a total of 121 days. A summary of York Region beach postings and closures for the 2006 season (June 14 September 1, 2006) is included as an attachment.  The beach sampling program will resume in June 2007.
 
Water samples were collected from each beach site once per week during the summer season.  The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Laboratories Branch tested the water samples for bacterial quality.  Beaches were posted when water sample results indicate elevated E. coli levels above the provincial guidelines of 100 E coli per 100ml of water. Beaches were closed when there were indications of hazardous or infectious materials present in the water, or in the event of a blue-green algae bloom.
 
Some factors that contribute to increased levels of E. coli in beach water include, but are not limited to:
Seasonal and storm surface run-off into rivers and lakes
Sewer overflows
Agricultural manure and feedlot run-off
Malfunctioning private sewage disposal systems
Domestic pet waste run-off
Large populations of waterfowl
Warm water temperatures
Boating wastes
 
Permanent signs were posted at the public bathing beaches reminding the public not to swim in water for at least 48 hours after a heavy rainfall. Bacteria levels can increase due to heavy rainfall run-off into lakes.
 
For further information about recreational water quality in York Region visit the Health Services Web site at www.york.ca or call Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
 

Media Contact:       Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services

                                 Phone:  (905) 830-4444 ext. 4016 or After-hours Pager (905) 830-3302

                                 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

 
 
 

2006 Beach Program Summary

 

The York Region beach monitoring program for the 2006 season ran from June 14 to September 1, 2006.  Water samples were collected from each beach site once per week during the summer season. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Laboratories Branch tested the water samples for bacterial quality.

 

Beaches were posted when water sample results indicated elevated E. coli levels.   Posted beaches were resampled the following day. Overall, the beaches were posted for fewer days than in the previous two years.

 

Beaches are closed when there are indications of hazardous or infectious materials present in the water, or in the event of a blue-green algae bloom.  There were no beach closures for the 2006 beach monitoring season.

 

 

A.       Beaches Posted due to levels of E. coli greater than the provincial guideline of         100 E. coli per 100ml.

 

TOWN OF GEORGINA

 

BEACH

DATE POSTED

NUMBER OF DAYS POSTED

Port Bolster

 

June 29, 2006

12

July 20, 2006

1

Peninsula Motel

July 20, 2006

1

July 27, 2006

1

August 24, 2006

1

Holmes Point

July 6, 2006

4

July 20, 2006

1

August 31, 2006

1

Jacksons Point

July 13, 2006

2

De La Salle

June 22, 2006

1

July 13, 2006

7

July 27, 2006

7

Franklin Beach

July 13, 2006

2

August 3, 2006

6

Willow Wharf Dock

July 13, 2006

2

August 31, 2006

1

Willow/Paradise

July 13, 2006

2

August 31, 2006

1

Balfour Beach

August 3, 2006

1

Keswick Beach

July 13, 2006

5

Claredon Beach

July 6, 2006

4

August 3, 2006

6

August 31, 2006

1

Island Grove Beach

August 31, 2006

1

 
 

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