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Water Quality

"Impairments of nearshore water quality along portions of southeastern Lake Huron have been a major public concern in recent years. Beach postings and algae fouling have been frequent observations, and local media attention to the issue has raised the level of concern.

The development of Intensive Livestock Operations near the lakeshore has heightened the level of concern in Saugeen Shores, Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss, Goderich, Grand Bend, and Sarnia. Concerned citizen groups have evolved in response to concerns that these types of intensive operations may be responsible for some of these impairments, and so there is an increased sensitivity about beach postings and algae fouling." -- Lake Huron's Nearshore Water Quality Report


Beach Monitoring
Ontario Beaches are posted with warnings of possible health risks when elevated Escherichia coli (E.coli) densities are present. The recreational water quality guideline of 100 E.Coli per 100 ml of water is set jointly by the provincial ministries of Environment and Health.
E. coli: A Permanent Resident of our Beaches?
Why do unacceptable levels of E. coli continue to occur at the beaches, resulting in beach postings by the District Health Unit? What is the health risk associated with swimming in lake water containing elevated levels of E. coli? What is the source of this E. coli?
Lake Huron's Nearshore Water Quality
A Preliminary Report on Historical Nearshore Water Quality Information for Southeastern Lake Huron (Sauble Beach to Sarnia)

 

Nonpoint Source Pollution
Nonpoint-source pollution is another term for polluted runoff. Water washing over the land, whether from precipitation, car washing or watering crops or lawns, picks up an array of contaminants including oil, sand and salt from roadways, agricultural chemicals, and nutrients and toxic materials from both urban and rural areas.
Working Toward Clarity
Summary of the background report prepared by the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation on the state of Lake Huron's Water Quality
Algae and Water Quality - Walking the Green Mile
Algae and Water Quality - Walking the Green Mile - One of the things we least like when we go for a swim in the lake is coming out with green slime clinging to our hair. Algae is a regular occurrence on the Great Lakes. Too much algae on our beaches and nearshore waters, though, usually indicates a  problem with the local ecology.
Healthy Lake Huron Newsletter, Summer 2011
Healthy Lake Huron Newsletter, Summer 2011 - This Issue: Project Highlights for All Five Priority Subwatersheds; Farmers Putting Environmental Farm Plans to Work; First Nation Protects Water; Local Health Unit Helps Beach Users; New Huron County Septic System Maintenance Program; Community Resource Planning Guides Available; Why is Too Much Phosphorus an Issue?
   

 

 

Environmental Emergencies Contacts:

  • Spills Action Centre
    To report a spill or other environmental  emergency, call the Spills Action Centre.
    1-800-268-6060

  • Pollution Reporting Hotline
    For reporting acts of pollution, contact the 24 hour public hotline at:
    1-866-MOE-TIPS (1-866-663-8477)

Email the hotline at: moe.tips@ene.gov.on.ca

 

Blue Flag CanadaBlueFlag.ca

Some of the beaches on Lake Huron fly the internationally recognized "Blue Flag." According to Environmental Defense who administers the program, flying the Blue Flag means that the beach meets high standards with respect to water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services.

Go toblueflag.ca/drupal/?q=node/135 to see which beaches on Lake Huron currently fly the Blue Flag. Historical and current water testing results can be viewed there as well.

The Coastal Centre participates as part of the Great Lakes jury, who review and recommend beaches for Blue Flag status.

 





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