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2014-08-12 at 14:08

Health unit issues new swimming advisory for Boulevard Lake main beach

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By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- The health unit has issued a new swimming advisory for a public beach.

On Tuesday the Thunder Bay and District Health Unit issued the new swimming advisory for the main beach at Boulevard Lake. Within the same advisory, the health unit reminded the public about the permanent swimming advisory that still remains for the main beach at Chippewa Park.

The advisory for the Boulevard Lake beach follows water samples taken on Monday.

A swimming advisory does not mean that the beach in question is closed. The public can still use the beach, but should be aware of the potential high levels of E. coli in the water.

That bacteria can lead to skin, eye, nose and throat infections as well as stomach illness.
the reduce the risk, officials with the district’s health unit suggest people:

  • avoid swallowing beach water
  • towel off after a swim
  • shower once at home


Beach water sampling will continue until the last week of August. A complete list of all beaches sampled by the Health Unit is available at TBDHU.COM by clicking on the Environmental Health page. This page also provides links to the beaches monitored by the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority and the provincial parks.

Additional information on all swimming advisories is available at TBDHU.COM/EH or on the seasonal Beach Line at 624-9082 or toll free 1-866-607-3337.

 

 


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Commonsense says:
The city has put off dredging Boulevard Lake for last two years; is this a contributing factor to the poor water quality in the beach areas?

The water is so shallow due to lack of dredging, there is little circulation.
Why are our recreation areas being neglected? Add to that, the poor condition of many of our roads.....

We CAN'T AFFORD an event centre when we can't look after the infrastructure we already have, and neglect........
8/12/2014 9:37:16 PM
humnchuck says:
It's a result of contamination from fecal matter - geese, etc. Water flow can help to some extent but only works so long as you are able to maintain "flushing". Options would be to either find ways to increase the flow rate at the dam (which will reduce the size of the lake) or eliminate the source of the fecal matter.

8/13/2014 11:45:11 AM
JMG says:
Why doesn't the city address the real issue and that is the goose problem.Just go walk our beautiful marina and dodge the mess everywhere. I can't imagine what the tourists think . Now all our swimming holes locally are unsafe.Lets work on a solution.
8/13/2014 8:31:07 AM
smartguy83 says:
Lake superior is 15 minutes away, not to mention the public pools
8/13/2014 11:24:12 AM
Brutus02 says:
Hard to believe this isn't permanently in effect, given the geese droppings that end up in there.
8/13/2014 1:27:46 PM
Dockboy says:
Instead of having a turkey this thanksgiving, have a goose!
8/14/2014 11:48:29 AM
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