Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative

Lake Erie-Niagara Monitoring Hub

 
 

Test results for August 14th, 2019 - Gravelly Bay/Sugarloaf

Please see the test results below for final Lake Erie - Niagara Hub sampling results collected on August 14th, 2019. These results include the SDF’s regularly sampled points at Sugarloaf, as well as results from five (5) deep water points sampled by boat on Wednesday, August 14th. The guidelines followed are the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018, set by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single-sample maximum concentration exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table. 

Gravelly Bay - Sugarloaf - FAIL

SUGAR-B - 37.3

SUGAR-C - 27.9

SUGAR-D - 461.1 (exceeds Ontario’s single sample maximum of 400 e.coli/100mL)

SUGAR-E - 648.8 (exceeds Ontario’s single sample maximum of 400 e.coli/100mL)

SUGAR-F - 10.9

SUGAR-G - 18.7

Geometric Mean spatial - 63.15598562

Geometric Mean temporal - 73.65036231


Gravelly Bay - Sugarloaf Deep Water (Newly Sampled Points) - FAIL

SDW-A - 52.1

SDW-B - 32.3

SDW-C - 290.9

SDW-D - 488.4 (exceeds Ontario’s single sample maximum of 400 e.coli/100mL)

SDW-E - 980.4 (exceeds Ontario’s single sample maximum of 400 e.coli/100mL)

Geometric Mean spatial - 187.928473

Geometric Mean temporal - insufficient data thus far


Complete dataset for each location are available here, on our open data portal, in csv and json formats. This dataset includes the lat/long information for all sampled points and maps of the regular sampling locations can be provided upon request.

Test results are also available on Swim Guide apps and website.

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Source Information

Swim Drink Fish staff and volunteers, with support from the Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative, monitor recreational water quality along the North Shore of Lake Erie during the summer months. The guidelines followed are the Operational Approaches for Recreational Water Guideline, 2018, set by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Prior to 2018 beaches in Ontario were posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeded 100 E. coli / 100 mL of water, a standard derived from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Provincial Water Quality Objectives. Water is sampled for E.coli and Total Coliform at all sites. The water is sampled once weekly on Tuesday from the end of May to early September. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected, typically on Wednesday afternoons.

Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 200 E. coli / 100 ml of water or when a single-sample maximum concentration exceeds 400 E. coli / 100 ml of water. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table. In accordance with Ontario’s provincial recreational water quality standard:

A beach is marked Green when geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal or below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and below the single sample criteria of 400 E.coli/100ml.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is above 200 E.coli / 100 mL or above the 400 E.coli/100mL for a single sample.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide website and apps. Results are also available by email at Erie-NiagaraHub@swimdrinkfish.ca or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.