Water Quality Monitoring 2014

Hello from the frozen north..it didn’t snow today…we have a few days of rest.

Attached are the results for Muskoka including Brandy Lake

Please note there is an error in the report and I have contacted Lisa to correct it.  It indicates that the east inlet is actually an inlet not an out-let as indicated.  The only outlet is under the 118 bridge.   Brandy Lake is a headwater lake.  

This is not the continuation of “drinking water work post” mentioned in the news letter.

Peter Sale helped collect the samples and I tested them Bob Hogg

Peter also collects samples for another test.

The 2014 MLA water quality monitoring program was a success. In all, over 100 volunteers like you collected 1235 samples. The report detailing the results of the program is now available.

Key messages from the results report are as follows:

  • Monitored lakes have consistently good water quality that is suitable for recreational use.
  • Most e. Coli values recorded are well within the expected range of values that would occur naturally; most were also below the MLA guideline.

This year’s ‘Focus Areas’ have been identified with yellow or red traffic lights. The specific rationale for the traffic light classifications is underlined within each area summaries sheet. Eighteen areas are classified yellow, meaning further investigation is recommended to maintain good water quality. One area is classified red, meaning immediate remedial action is necessary to address water quality problems. The red light area presented E. coli concerns, which the Water Quality & Environment and Political & Land Use Committees have been hard at work addressing our concerns with local residents and the municipal government.

Water Quality Report 2014

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