The Water Quality Monitoring program is carried out in partnership with the Township and Cottage Associations. This year the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve has received funding to develop a coordinated Nutrient Monitoring Strategy that will involve all levels of government, community groups and volunteers. To this end the staff of the GBBR are currently reviewing existing water quality programs to build a common framework for the future.
In Skerryvore we test at 6 stations for water temperature, water clarity, and surface bacteria. The stations consist of a combination of open water and more enclosed areas, emphasizing locations where recreational use is most prevalent. The stations are the Shawanaga River, Lot 7, D beach, Turning Island, Moonlight Bay, and Lagoon.
To determine bacterial levels, we test for Total Coliforms and E. Coli. Based on years of monitoring throughout the Townships of Georgian Bay and the Archipelago, the suggested bacterial objective for recreational waters of Georgian Bay are TC ( annual average) 100, and EC ( annual average) 10.
The bacterial averages for our area this summer were at most stations well below the suggested objective for Georgian Bay, and also showed an improvement from 2014.
The averages for each station this summer were:
Letís all continue to learn about the determinants of water quality and the health of our ecosystem, change our habits where necessary and so do our part in preserving the Bay for future generations.
Heather and Henry Maag
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