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Lunenburg Waterfront Weekly Monitoring

TEST DATE:  August 7, 2018 

CONDITIONS:  Mid-falling tide, only 3.55 mm of rainfall over the previous 11 days.

Coastal Action is monitoring fecal bacteria at three locations on the Lunenburg waterfront on a weekly basis from June to October.  

On August 7, the bacteria conditions at the Broad Street Boat Launch (>2500 cfu/100 mL) and Fisherman’s Wharf (490 cfu/100 mL) exceeded Health Canada’s secondary contact guideline, while the Zwicker Wharf fell just below this guideline (170 cfu/100 mL). This means that water contact, through activities such as rowing, sailing, or fishing, poses a risk to human health due to the possible presence of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, or protozoans. Individuals should exercise caution during water-based recreational activities in these areas.

NOTES:  Secondary Contact Recreational activity in which only the limbs are regularly wetted and in which greater contact including swallowing water is unusual. Examples include rowing, sailing, canoe touring, or fishing. (Health Canada 2012)

Thank you to @coastalaction. For questions about this program, please contact Coastal Action’s Assistant Director, Shanna Fredericks, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Previous results and further information is available here: https://goo.gl/nEy9Z5.