` Jones Beach - Swim Guide

Jones Beach

St. Catharines, Ontario
Managed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Jones Beach suffers from more water quality problems than other beaches in the area. It may not be your best bet for a summer's swim, but it is still a quiet place to rest in the sand and be by Lake Ontario.

Water Quality

  • Not Safe for Swimming
  • Current Status

The status of this beach was last confirmed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper on June 29, 2016 at 04:56:46 PM UTC.

  • 17°C
  • Clear

Monitoring Frequency

Jones Beach is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 14th

Source Information

The Niagara Region Public Health Services samples beaches weekly from Victoria Day to Labour Day When the information is posted on the Niagara Region Public Health Services website, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates Swim Guide.

Ontario beaches are monitored according to the province's Beach Management Protocol. The Protocol says that authorities must check water quality at least weekly from June 1 to Labour Day at beaches where there are formal swimming programs or lifeguards. Most municipalities do not actually begin sampling until mid June. Beaches in Ontario are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E. coli / 100 ml of water.

A Ministry of the Environment procedure says that a clean beach is open at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe. This rule applies to every place that is public, accessible, and feels like a good place to swim. When all else fails, the Ontario Environmental Protection Act strongly states that no one can interfere with the use that you can make of a public waterway - like swimming!

Swim Guide shares the best information we have at the moment you ask for it. Always obey signs at the beach or advisories from official government agencies. Stay alert and check for other swimming hazards such as dangerous currents and tides. Please report your pollution concerns so Affiliates can help keep other beach-goers safe.

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