Silver Beach on Pigeon Lake


Silver Beach is located on the Eastern side of Pigeon Lake. It is the beach for both the Summer Village of Silver Beach and and the Town of Mulhurst. The beach is located in Mulhurst Bay. Public, day use access to the beach is found at Ouimette Park in the Summer Village of Silver Beach and near the public dock and boat launch in Mulhurst Bay. The Mulhurst part of Silver beach has a marked swimming area but had liitle beach area in 2011. The Mulhurst part of Silver beach is also right beside a the main road for Mulhurst and the busy boat launch. The beach at Ouimette Park is sandy and pebbly with a swimming area with shallower water. This is a family friendly park with a playground, grassy area, volleyball court and picnic tables. This is the best day use part of the beach as the Mulhurst part of Silver Beach is similar but used primarily by campers across the road. Ouimette Park is land provided by the Summer Village of Silver Beach for the public.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
11°C
Clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Silver Beach on Pigeon Lake is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province in five zones: North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, and South. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed in environmental labs.

This site is usually sampled on a weekly basis for thermotolerant coliforms and at varying frequencies for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with standards outlined in a previous version of the General Nuisance and Sanitation Regulation, under Alberta’s Public Health Act. New standards are currently being developed.

Thermotolerant coliforms serve as an indicator of faecal contamination, which poses a human health risk. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when tests for thermotolerant coliforms over the preceding 30 days produce results with a geometric mean greater than 200 colony forming units per 100 millilitres of water (200 CFU/100ml). An advisory may also be issued when any single sample exceeds 400 CFU/100ml, although this may first lead to further investigation.

When a Water Quality Advisory is issued, a notice is erected at the beach indicating that the location is unfit for swimming or bathing. In addition, a Water Quality Advisory is issued through the AHS website, local media, and Swim Guide. Swim Guide posts all advisories that are announced, but is not able to directly share monitoring data for this beach on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey, and any posted advisories will appear on the beach page. An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.

In addition to thermotolerant coliforms, AHS monitors blue-green algae throughout the swimming season. Algal blooms are monitored through visual observation and through testing for cyanobacteria and microcystins (toxins produced by blue-green algae).

AHS issues a Blue-Green Algae Advisory when a bloom is identified. Advisories are posted online to www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp, circulated by local media, and posted to Swim Guide. Appropriate signage is posted around the water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Silver Beach on Pigeon Lake


WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
11°C
Clear

Silver Beach is located on the Eastern side of Pigeon Lake. It is the beach for both the Summer Village of Silver Beach and and the Town of Mulhurst. The beach is located in Mulhurst Bay. Public, day use access to the beach is found at Ouimette Park in the Summer Village of Silver Beach and near the public dock and boat launch in Mulhurst Bay. The Mulhurst part of Silver beach has a marked swimming area but had liitle beach area in 2011. The Mulhurst part of Silver beach is also right beside a the main road for Mulhurst and the busy boat launch. The beach at Ouimette Park is sandy and pebbly with a swimming area with shallower water. This is a family friendly park with a playground, grassy area, volleyball court and picnic tables. This is the best day use part of the beach as the Mulhurst part of Silver Beach is similar but used primarily by campers across the road. Ouimette Park is land provided by the Summer Village of Silver Beach for the public.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Silver Beach on Pigeon Lake is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province in five zones: North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, and South. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed in environmental labs.

This site is usually sampled on a weekly basis for thermotolerant coliforms and at varying frequencies for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with standards outlined in a previous version of the General Nuisance and Sanitation Regulation, under Alberta’s Public Health Act. New standards are currently being developed.

Thermotolerant coliforms serve as an indicator of faecal contamination, which poses a human health risk. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when tests for thermotolerant coliforms over the preceding 30 days produce results with a geometric mean greater than 200 colony forming units per 100 millilitres of water (200 CFU/100ml). An advisory may also be issued when any single sample exceeds 400 CFU/100ml, although this may first lead to further investigation.

When a Water Quality Advisory is issued, a notice is erected at the beach indicating that the location is unfit for swimming or bathing. In addition, a Water Quality Advisory is issued through the AHS website, local media, and Swim Guide. Swim Guide posts all advisories that are announced, but is not able to directly share monitoring data for this beach on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey, and any posted advisories will appear on the beach page. An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.

In addition to thermotolerant coliforms, AHS monitors blue-green algae throughout the swimming season. Algal blooms are monitored through visual observation and through testing for cyanobacteria and microcystins (toxins produced by blue-green algae).

AHS issues a Blue-Green Algae Advisory when a bloom is identified. Advisories are posted online to www.albertahealthservices.ca/1926.asp, circulated by local media, and posted to Swim Guide. Appropriate signage is posted around the water body (public beaches, access points, campgrounds, etc). These advisories remain in place for the duration that the health risk persists.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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