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 . 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
1°C
Clear
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 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

Wabamun Village Beach

Wabamun, Alberta

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Special 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
1°C
Clear

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 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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