Province cautions E. coli levels too high at some beaches
Algae is seen in a Manitoba waterway. (file image)
Published Saturday, July 28, 2012 10:00AM CST
Last Updated Saturday, July 28, 2012 10:03AM CST
Manitobans heading to the beach this weekend will want to keep an eye out for algae blooms in the water.
The province released its latest beach conditions report Friday and said E. coli bacteria at Gimli Beach was above recreational water quality guidelines.
Manitoba Conservation officials said it’s likely due to wind and waves washing bacteria out of the sand and into the water.
Earlier this week algae blooms were reported on Lake Winnipeg at Victoria Beach, West Grand Beach, Big Whiteshell Lake Beach and Killarney Lake Beach.
Blue-green algae cells were also spotted on Pelican Lake in Ninette and Pleasant Valley.
The province has posted advisory signs and is advising beachgoers to avoid swimming in water where severe algae blooms are visible.
Pet owners are reminded to keep animals clear of the shoreline to prevent them from drinking the water.