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Four Durham beaches listed as unsafe for swimming by Durham health department


Four of Durham’s beaches are posted as unsafe for swimming this week.

They are Beaverton North and South Beach, Bowmanville East and Kinsmen Beach at Palmer Park in Port Perry.

Beaches are posted as unsafe for swimming when elevated levels of E. coli exceed the provincial standard.

Kinsmen also has a blue-green algae advisory in place.

“People can protect themselves and their pets from blue-green algae blooms by not swimming or playing in areas where water is discoloured or where foam, scum, or mats of algae on the water’s surface are present,” the health department said. “Consuming fish from areas where mats of algae are present is also not advised.”

You are also reminded to stay out of the water within 48 hours of heavy rainfall, as the run-off can carry more bacteria.

Municipality

Beach

Status

Ajax

Paradise Beach (Lakeview Blvd. and Paradise Lane)
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Open

Brock

Beaverton North Beach (Wellington St. and Victoria St.)
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Posted

Brock

Beaverton South Beach (Simcoe St. & Harbour Park Cres.)
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Posted

Brock

Thorah Centennial Park (Shoreline Rd. RR#47 and Thorah Concession Rd. 9)
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Open

Clarington

Bowmanville East (Port Darlington Rd. and East Beach Rd.)
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Posted

Clarington

Bowmanville West (West Beach Rd. and Cove Rd.)
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Open

Clarington

Newcastle Beach Central (Mill St. South and Boulton St.)
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Open

Oshawa

Lakeview Beach East (Simcoe St. South and Lakeview Park Ave.)
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Open

Oshawa

Lakeview Beach West (Kluane Ave. and Lakeview Park Ave.)
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Open

Pickering

Frenchman’s Bay East (Wharf St. and Liverpool Rd.)
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Open

Pickering

Frenchman’s Bay West (West Shore Blvd. and Beachpoint Promenade)
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Open

Scugog

Kinsmen Beach (Palmer Park – Water St. and Mary St.)
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Huron County beaches tested for E.coli during the summer for safety

The Huron County Health Department has started its routine sampling of bathing beach waters for this year.

The sampling looks for dangerous levels of E. coli in the water and monitors the bacteria. If needed the health department will close beaches until they are deemed safe. A press release stated that sampling was scheduled to be collected once a week beginning on June 5 and going through Aug. 29. 

Thirteen beaches from White Rock to Sebewaing are sampled with three samples collected each time at around 3 to 6 feet deep of water. 

“(E. coli levels) can fluctuate a lot depending on rainfall, runoff, and wind direction and speed,” said Tip MacGuire, health officer and environmental health director for the Huron County Health Department. “Last year we had a total of 10 closures at five different beaches during the whole bathing season.” 

The level that they are searching for is 300 E. coli colonies in 100 ml of water (around half a cup of water). Any sample of water with that level or higher would cause a beach to be closed down until levels are back to a safe standard, which is set by the state.

“E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria indicate that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes,” said MacGuire “Drinking water with these wastes can cause short-term illness, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms.”

E. coli enters the water several ways, whether it is through industrial discharge, agricultural/urban/stormwater runoff, watercraft activities, and eroded soil just to name a few. The press release notes that most strands of E. coli are not dangerous, however it can indicate the presence of other disease-causing bacteria.

The health department says that residents can help by monitoring their sewage disposal systems, properly disposing of pet

Durham health department begins monitoring beach water; all beaches safe for swimming


If you wanted to go for a swim at one of Durham’s beaches this weekend, they’re all safe for swimming.

The region’s health department has started testing beach water at all 14 locations.

Beaches are posted as unsafe for swimming when there are elevated levels of E. coli.

This week’s test results all came back clear, which means all of the beaches are open.

Although Kinsmen Beach in Scugog is technically listed as safe, there is a blue-green algae advisory in effect. You’re advised not to go swimming or play in areas where water is discoloured or where foam, scum or mats of algae are present on the water’s surface. Consuming fish from areas where mats of algae are present is also not advised. Pets should also not drink the water.

If there is heavy rainfall, health officials say you should not go swimming in beach water for at least 48 hours because bacteria levels can increase due to run-off.

Test results for the week of June 5, 2023

Municipality

Beach

Status

Ajax

Paradise Beach (Lakeview Blvd. and Paradise Lane)Map this location

Open

Brock

Beaverton North Beach (Wellington St. and Victoria St.)Map this location

Open

Brock

Beaverton South Beach (Simcoe St. & Harbour Park Cres.)Map this location

Open

Brock

Thorah Centennial Park (Shoreline Rd. RR#47 and Thorah Concession Rd. 9)Map this location

Open

Clarington

Bowmanville East (Port Darlington Rd. and East Beach Rd.)Map this location

Open

Clarington

Bowmanville West (West Beach Rd. and Cove Rd.)Map this location

Open

Clarington

Newcastle Beach Central (Mill St. South and Boulton St.)Map this location

Open

Oshawa

Lakeview Beach East (Simcoe St. South and Lakeview Park Ave.)Map this location

Open

Oshawa

Lakeview Beach West (Kluane Ave. and Lakeview Park Ave.)Map this location

Open

Pickering

Frenchman’s Bay

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