Pine Lake Public Day Use Area Beach


Pine Lake Day Use Area is a smaller beach with a dock on the northern end of the lake next to one of the private campgrounds. The beach is sandy and the swimming area typical of Pine Lake (clearer water in May, June and algae in July, August. There are amenities nearby for day-trippers.

Pine Lake has a history of blue-green algae blooms including later in the summers of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The water quality of Pine Lake is typical of the area with some algal growth in the Summer months causing a greening of the waters. Not typical of other lakes in Alberta is the hypoliminetic withdrawl system installed under the supervision of the Pine Lake Restoration Society in 1997. This system is intended to reduce the eutrophication of the highly trophic sediment and cool waters on the lake bottom. The lake still has algal growth but the success of the system is being monitored. Pine Lake has been called Ghost Pine Lake and Devel's Pine Lake in the past because of a native story that the lakeshore was haunted by a Cree warrior avenging the death of his tribe.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical 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
5°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled weekly from 5 June to 1 September

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 due to data sharing challenges, is not able to make updates when test results are within the guidelines. 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

Pine Lake Public Day Use Area Beach


WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical 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
5°C
Mostly clear

Pine Lake Day Use Area is a smaller beach with a dock on the northern end of the lake next to one of the private campgrounds. The beach is sandy and the swimming area typical of Pine Lake (clearer water in May, June and algae in July, August. There are amenities nearby for day-trippers.

Pine Lake has a history of blue-green algae blooms including later in the summers of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The water quality of Pine Lake is typical of the area with some algal growth in the Summer months causing a greening of the waters. Not typical of other lakes in Alberta is the hypoliminetic withdrawl system installed under the supervision of the Pine Lake Restoration Society in 1997. This system is intended to reduce the eutrophication of the highly trophic sediment and cool waters on the lake bottom. The lake still has algal growth but the success of the system is being monitored. Pine Lake has been called Ghost Pine Lake and Devel's Pine Lake in the past because of a native story that the lakeshore was haunted by a Cree warrior avenging the death of his tribe.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled weekly from 5 June to 1 September

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 due to data sharing challenges, is not able to make updates when test results are within the guidelines. 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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