Wabamun Village Beach

Wabamun, Alberta

Located right in the Village of Wabamun, the beach is part of the waterfront park that includes a spray park and various other family-friendly amenities such as a small playground, washrooms, picnic tables and a grassy area.

There is a public dock beside the beach and the area is sandy with shallow waters for wading. The larger swimming beaches on Wabamun lake are at the Provincial Park in Moonlight Bay and Seba Beach.

Wabamun is the Cree word for "mirrror" or "looking glass". The waters of Wabamun are usually clear and water quality is consistently good.

The presence of the power plants, phosphorus inputs, and the CN derailment and bunker oil spill in 2005 has lead to significant water quality monitoring and research by Alberta Environment and the Wabamun Watershed Management Council.

Wabamun Village beach was open for all of the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 bathing seasons.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 24th, 2017. 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
12°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Wabamun Village Beach is sampled weekly from June 5th to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Alberta. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed by Alberta Public Laboratories.

Beaches are sampled on varying frequencies for Enterococcus and for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with the proposed Alberta Safe Beach Protocol, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recreational Water Quality Criteria.

Enterococcus is measured using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) based molecular method of testing recreational water. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses human health risks. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when the tests demonstrate calibrator cell equivalents (cce) surpassing 1,280/100ml.

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.
An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.

In addition to Enterococcus, 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 https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/bga.aspx, circulated by local media. 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.

Swim Guide posts all advisories (enterococcus and blue green algae) that are announced. However Swim Guide is not able to share monitoring data for Alberta beaches on an ongoing basis as AHS does not share water quality test results with the public. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey for monitored beaches due to a lack of public access to AHS recreational water quality data. Advisories will appear on the beach page as a special status red, with an ad.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Wabamun Village Beach

Wabamun, Alberta

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 24th, 2017. 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
12°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks

Located right in the Village of Wabamun, the beach is part of the waterfront park that includes a spray park and various other family-friendly amenities such as a small playground, washrooms, picnic tables and a grassy area.

There is a public dock beside the beach and the area is sandy with shallow waters for wading. The larger swimming beaches on Wabamun lake are at the Provincial Park in Moonlight Bay and Seba Beach.

Wabamun is the Cree word for "mirrror" or "looking glass". The waters of Wabamun are usually clear and water quality is consistently good.

The presence of the power plants, phosphorus inputs, and the CN derailment and bunker oil spill in 2005 has lead to significant water quality monitoring and research by Alberta Environment and the Wabamun Watershed Management Council.

Wabamun Village beach was open for all of the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 bathing seasons.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Wabamun Village Beach is sampled weekly from June 5th to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alberta Health Services (AHS) monitors freshwater beaches across the province of Alberta. Water samples at this beach are collected by AHS staff and processed by Alberta Public Laboratories.

Beaches are sampled on varying frequencies for Enterococcus and for cyanobacteria and microcystins (blue-green algae) during the summer months.

Water quality is monitored in accordance with the proposed Alberta Safe Beach Protocol, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Recreational Water Quality Criteria.

Enterococcus is measured using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) based molecular method of testing recreational water. High Enterococcus levels can indicate fecal contamination which poses human health risks. Guidelines recommend that a water quality advisory be posted when the tests demonstrate calibrator cell equivalents (cce) surpassing 1,280/100ml.

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.
An advisory is rescinded once water quality meets the above standards.

In addition to Enterococcus, 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 https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/bga.aspx, circulated by local media. 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.

Swim Guide posts all advisories (enterococcus and blue green algae) that are announced. However Swim Guide is not able to share monitoring data for Alberta beaches on an ongoing basis as AHS does not share water quality test results with the public. Therefore, the swim icon will appear grey for monitored beaches due to a lack of public access to AHS recreational water quality data. Advisories will appear on the beach page as a special status red, with an ad.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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