Gorge Waterway - Lower


The Gorge Waterway (or simply “the Gorge”) is a narrow, six-kilometer long stretch of water that connects Upper Victoria Harbour to Portage Inlet. The waterway is a tidal estuary that includes intertidal mud flats, oysters and abundant eelgrass. It is also part of a migratory bird sanctuary and supports salmon and herring. Freshwater flows into Portage Inlet from Craigflower and Colquitz Creeks, both of which are important salmon streams. By the 1940s, historical pollution from sewage and industrial sources had significantly degraded the water quality in the Gorge. Clean-up efforts since the early 1990s have resulted in a notable improvement in water quality and an increased awareness of this important waterway. The Gorge is once again a popular spot for various recreational activities including kayaking, canoeing, rowing, dragon boating, paddle boarding and even swimming. While there are still some industrial activities along the Gorge, most of the waterway is lined with residential properties. There are several access points to the Gorge, including the Gorge Waterway Park and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail at the Selkirk Trestle.

The Lower Gorge (Upper Victoria Harbour) sampling location is at a small wharf just off the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, near the north end of Harbour Road.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Surfrider Foundation, Vancouver Island Chapter - BWYTF 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
10°C
A mix of sun and clouds
MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled from 1 January to 31 December

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Vancouver Island’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) monitors 15 saltwater beaches and 4 freshwater beaches around Victoria, BC. Surfrider Vancouver Island volunteers collect and process water samples.

BWTF monitors sites around Victoria, BC year-round. Currently, BWTF is sampling (on average) 1 site every two weeks. They rotate the sites, so each one gets sampled on a regular basis, but they give priority to known or suspected problem sites.

Samples are typically collected on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays, but Surfrider volunteers may collect samples on other days of the week depending on volunteer availability. Surfrider updates Swim Guide with new results as soon as test results become available, approximately 24-48 hours after sampling.

Surfrider’s BWTF utilizes the standardized EPA criteria of 104 MPN/100 mL for collecting and analyzing saltwater samples. The test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of Enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

Results are posted shortly after the lab results are available (approximately 24 hours after sample collection). Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. Results tables are also available on the Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force website at http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/41.

A saltwater beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 104 Enterococci / 100 mL water.

A saltwater beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 104 Enterococci / 100 mL water. If a sample exceeds the standard, the site is given priority for re-testing.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Gorge Waterway - Lower


WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Surfrider Foundation, Vancouver Island Chapter - BWYTF 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
10°C
A mix of sun and clouds

The Gorge Waterway (or simply “the Gorge”) is a narrow, six-kilometer long stretch of water that connects Upper Victoria Harbour to Portage Inlet. The waterway is a tidal estuary that includes intertidal mud flats, oysters and abundant eelgrass. It is also part of a migratory bird sanctuary and supports salmon and herring. Freshwater flows into Portage Inlet from Craigflower and Colquitz Creeks, both of which are important salmon streams. By the 1940s, historical pollution from sewage and industrial sources had significantly degraded the water quality in the Gorge. Clean-up efforts since the early 1990s have resulted in a notable improvement in water quality and an increased awareness of this important waterway. The Gorge is once again a popular spot for various recreational activities including kayaking, canoeing, rowing, dragon boating, paddle boarding and even swimming. While there are still some industrial activities along the Gorge, most of the waterway is lined with residential properties. There are several access points to the Gorge, including the Gorge Waterway Park and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail at the Selkirk Trestle.

The Lower Gorge (Upper Victoria Harbour) sampling location is at a small wharf just off the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, near the north end of Harbour Road.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

is sampled from 1 January to 31 December

SOURCE INFORMATION

Surfrider Vancouver Island’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) monitors 15 saltwater beaches and 4 freshwater beaches around Victoria, BC. Surfrider Vancouver Island volunteers collect and process water samples.

BWTF monitors sites around Victoria, BC year-round. Currently, BWTF is sampling (on average) 1 site every two weeks. They rotate the sites, so each one gets sampled on a regular basis, but they give priority to known or suspected problem sites.

Samples are typically collected on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays, but Surfrider volunteers may collect samples on other days of the week depending on volunteer availability. Surfrider updates Swim Guide with new results as soon as test results become available, approximately 24-48 hours after sampling.

Surfrider’s BWTF utilizes the standardized EPA criteria of 104 MPN/100 mL for collecting and analyzing saltwater samples. The test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of Enterococcus cfu (colony forming units) per 100 mL by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.

Results are posted shortly after the lab results are available (approximately 24 hours after sample collection). Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide app and website. Results tables are also available on the Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force website at http://www.surfrider.org/blue-water-task-force/chapter/41.

A saltwater beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 104 Enterococci / 100 mL water.

A saltwater beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 104 Enterococci / 100 mL water. If a sample exceeds the standard, the site is given priority for re-testing.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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