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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Many Beaches Closed - Heavy Rain Causes Problems!

July 30 Beach Results Issued Friday, July 29, 2011!

Surface Runoff Carries Pollutants!
Beach closures often occur due to heavy rain,according to information on Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit site. RAIN, a joint program of Green Communities Canada, based in Peterborough, explains how conventional approaches to urban landscaping and storm water management allow more pollutants into out water system. RAIN aims to help communities take immediate action to divert thousands of litres of polluted storm water from entering the system. Read on to find out which beaches are closed, and steps we can take to reduce illness caused by polluted water.

Beach Posted Closed-What Does It Mean?


Public beaches are posted when the water contains high levels of E.coli or environmental contaminants that could affect the health and safety of bathers. Swimming in water that has been posted can cause health problems ranging from minor eye, skin, ear, nose and throat infections to more serious illnesses such as gastrointestinal sickness.

Why Beaches Are Closing

RAIN explains conventional approaches to urban landscaping and storm water management allow storm water runoff to: transport pollution directly into lakes and rivers;erode shorelines, causing loss of topsoil that hastens further runoff; warm up surface water, making it more susceptible to waterborne bacteria; overflow sewage treatment facilities, allowing untreated human waste to flow directly into surface water; and rob groundwater aquifers of adequate recharge capacity. So what can be done?

Help Keep Our Beaches Open!

Everyone can be part of the solution to this problem. The Ministry of the Environment encourages people to take a proactive role in keeping our water clean by establishing branches of grass roots moments such RAIN, and even has funding available to non-profit groups help solve problems caused  by storm water run off..

Slow Rain Offers Solutions 


RAIN, a joint program of Green Communities Canada, based in Peterborough, aims to help communities take immediate action to divert thousands of litres of polluted&storm water from entering the system. RAIN has a three prong approach to the problem of storm water run off.:
  1. Slow It Down - capturing water in gardens, lawns,rainbarells,urban forests then releasing it more slowly.
  2. Soak It Up - through using porous paving, native trees and bushes,and building rain gardens.
  3. Keep It Clean - through proper disposal of dog feces and cigarette butts, decreasing pollutants washed off cars, and increasing use of natural fertilizers and cleaners.
RAIN can be contacted by calling 705-745-7479 ex. 113 Fax: 705-745-7249RAIN Program or mailing RAIN c/o Green Communities Canada 416 Chambers St., 2nd Floor Peterborough, ON K9H 3V1 Further information is available on their Website: www.slowrain.ca

Eight Beaches Closed

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reports the following beach testing results for the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The following  information is current for the week of July 25, 2011, and is based on the most recent test results from the provincial lab in Peterborough for water samples taken from these beaches. The Health Unit advises local residents to note:
  • Beaches marked as ‘OPEN’ are considered within acceptable levels as set out in the Ontario government’s Beach Management Protocol.
  • Beaches marked ‘POSTED’ indicate bacterial levels in the water are higher than those considered acceptable as set out in the Ontario government’s Beach Management Protocol, making them unsafe for bathing.
Bexley Township Area
Balsam Lake Road Beach    OPEN  
Coboconk Lions Park Beach    POSTED 
Bobcaygeon Area      
Beach Park      OPEN 
Riverview Beach Park     OPEN 
Carden Township Area
Carden Township Beach     POSTED 
Foxe’s Beach      OPEN 
Dalton Township Area
Dalton Township Beach     POSTED Eldon Township Area
Centennial Park East POSTED   
Centennial Park West     Results Unavailable This Week  
Emily/Omemee Area
Omemee Beach      POSTED
Fenelon Falls Area
Birch Point      OPEN  
Bond Street      OPEN   
Ken Reid Conservation Area    OPEN 
Killarney Bay      OPEN    
Long Beach      OPEN        
Sturgeon Point Beach     OPEN         
Laxton Township Area
Elliott Falls Beach     OPEN          
Head Lake      OPEN    
Norland Bathing Area     OPEN  
Mariposa Township Area
Sandbar Beach      POSTED
Somerville Township Area
Burnt River Beach – Somerville    OPEN     
Burnt River Four Mile Lake    OPEN     
Verulam Township Area
Centennial Beach – Verulam    POSTED     
Verulam Recreational Park    POSTED           
To learn more about the testing of beach water, contact the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 or visit www.hkpr.on.ca
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