Swim Advisories On The Increase
Muskoka’s beaches are becoming less friendly for swimmers as algae and e-coli levels continue to increase year-over-year.
Christina Wieder, the Safe Water Program Manager with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), recently attended Muskoka Lakes council to discuss their beach water quality testing programs.
Wieder reports that the health unit is seeing an increase in algae and e-coli due to warmer water temperatures.
When an algae bloom is confirmed, the health unit contacts the District of Muskoka and cottage associations with a public service announcement. Wieder reported that it takes two weeks to get results back from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, who test the algae. The Ministry resamples the water and if no other issues are found they remove the advisory notice.
Wieder said the health unit monitors some 50 beaches throughout Simcoe and Muskoka