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Friday, August 26, 2011

Heavy Rains Cause Beach Postings!

All Beach Users Cautioned Following Heavy Rains!

Heavy rains,like those recently experienced throughout the region,can cause contamination due to run off, and overflowing storm sewers. The following list of Beach postings for Kawartha Lakes beaches is at best a guideline. The information in this press release received today, may not be accurate for current conditions. Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit advised us this spring that testing is usually done on Monday, the samples are then sent to the lab in Peterborough,then 48 hours later they receive the results, and post them to the press. So guess what? A posted beach may mean that your kiddies may have been cavorting in EColi for several days. Another heads up concerns the beach at Dunsford -
Dunsford Beach is not tested! Apparently, Dunsford Beach, although having free access, is not within the mandate of HKPR Health Unit. Something needs to be done to make our Beaches safer,and have a quicker reporting turnaround time than is currently offered. Interested in helping? Contact Omemee Pigeon eFlyer.
Beach Testing Results For City of Kawartha Lakes -
(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reports the following beach testing results for the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The information is current for the week of August 22, 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.
 Beaches listed as ‘PENDING’ indicate test results are not yet available. People can call the Health Unit or visit for the most up-to-date results on these beaches.
Bexley Township Beaches
Balsam Lake Road Beach OPEN
Coboconk Lions Park Beach OPEN
Bobcaygeon Area
Beach Park OPEN 
Riverview Beach Park POSTED
Carden Township Area
Carden Township Beach OPEN
Foxe’s Beach OPEN
Dalton Township Area
Dalton Township Beach OPEN
Eldon Township Area
Centennial Park East OPEN
Centennial Park West OPEN
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 Results Unavailable This Week
Laxton Township Area
Elliott Falls Beach OPEN       
Head Lake OPEN
Norland Bathing Area OPEN
Mariposa Township Area
Sandbar Beach OPEN
Somerville Township Area
Burnt River Beach – Somerville OPEN
Burnt River Four Mile Lake OPEN 
Verulam Township Area
Centennial Beach – Verulam OPEN
Verulam Recreational Park Results Unavailable This Week       
For more information, contact a Public Health Inspector in your local Health Unit office or visit

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