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Stay out of the water at the beaches of Niagara Nelles, Sherkston Quarry and Sunset (June 26)

Written by Javed Iqbal

Are you going to the beach? You want to stay out of the water at Nelles, Sherkston Quarry and Sunset from June 26 at. 9. Here is the latest report on beach water quality from the Niagara Region Public Health:

  • Bernard Avenue Beach in Fort Erie (1 Bernard Avenue) tested safe for swimming on June 23rd
  • Casablanca Beach in Grimsby (565 North Service Road) was tested safe for swimming on June 23rd
  • Centennial Park Beach in Port Colborne (2767 Vimy Road) was tested safe for swimming on June 23
  • Charles Daley Park Beach in Lincoln (1969 North Service Road) tested safe for swimming on June 22nd
  • Crescent Beach in Fort Erie (1199 Edgemere Lane) was tested safe for swimming on June 22nd
  • Crystal Beach in Ridgeway (4155 Erie Road) was tested safe for swimming on June 24th
  • Elco Beach in Port Colborne (Shore Line Drive) tested safe for swimming on June 24th

  • Fifty Point Conservation Area Beach in Hamilton (1479 Baseline Road) was tested safe for swimming on June 24th
  • Lake Erie Beach in Wainfleet (12463 Lakeshore Road) Tested Safe for Swimming June 24
  • Lakeside Beach and St. Catharines (1 Lakeport Road) tested safe for swimming on June 24th
  • Long Beach in Wainfleet (Augustine Road) tested safe for swimming on June 24th
  • Nelles Beach in Grimsby (91 Lake Street) was tested unsafe for swimming on June 23rd
  • Nickel Beach in Port Colborne (69 Lake Road) was tested safe for swimming on June 24th
  • Queen’s Royal Beach in Niagara-on-the-Lake (45 Front Street) was tested safe for swimming on June 25
  • Reebs Bay Beach in Wainfleet (607 Lakeshore Road # 621) Tested Safe for Swimming June 22
  • Sherkston Quarry Beach in Port Colborne (Beach View EWS) tested unsafe for swimming June 24
  • Sunset Beach in St. Catharines (1 Lombardy Avenue) tested unsafe for swimming on June 24th
  • Waverly Beach in Fort Erie (271 Helena Street) was tested safe for swimming on June 21st
  • Wyldewood Beach in Port Colborne (Alfies Lane) was tested safe for swimming on June 24th

During the summer, the Niagara Region Public Health monitors E. coli levels on 19 public beaches. Water is considered unsafe for swimming when a sample contains 400 or more E. coli bacteria per 100 milliliters, or the geometric mean of five samples is 200 or more, according to guidelines for public health from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Collection, transportation, and testing of beach water for E. coli may take a day or more, so the latest available data may not reflect current beach conditions. Swimming is not recommended when it is raining, the water is wavy or cloudy, there are many birds, or for two days after a major storm.

Ingestion of E. coli can cause serious illness, including abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. When high levels of the bacteria are detected, other harmful organisms are more likely to be present as well, including those that cause skin rashes and eye, ear, nose and throat infections.

A beach can also be considered unsafe for swimming due to weather conditions, runoff, pollution, spills, odors, debris, sharp debris and dead fish. In addition, public beaches are monitored for blue-green algae, which can be very toxic to humans, dogs and other animals.

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This story is automatically generated at 07.00 and is updated every hour until kl. 17:00, as new data becomes available using open data from kl. Public Health of the Niagara Region.

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