Plage Murray Beach

Botsford, New Brunswick

Murray Beach, a part of Murray Beach Provincial Park, is located along the beautiful Northumberland
Strait coastline. While at Murray Beach, take in the vistas of the world-famous Confederation Bridge
while you relax on the unsupervised, sandy beach, and enjoy the warm saltwater. Throughout the
summer, there are lots of activities at the beach and nearby, including sea kayaking, lighthouses, historic
sites, farmers markets, and festivals. At Murray Beach, you will find change houses, washrooms, a
playground and picnic areas. While leashed pets are welcome in the park, they are not allowed on the
beach.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Conservation Council of New Brunswick/Fundy Baykeeper 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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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Plage Murray Beach is sampled from May 29th to October 9th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG) is responsible for the oversight of sample collection for the purpose of compliance monitoring and ensuring proper training is provided.

The following technical information was obtained directly from the Murray Beach Water Monitoring Protocol, and provides a brief overview of sampling procedures, as they are relevant to Swim Guide. For detailed technical information, please see the official protocol

(http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/en/HealthyEnvironments/MurrayBeachProtocol.pdf).

Overview of Sampling Protocol:

Within one week prior to the opening of the beach for the swimming/bathing season, one set of five (5) samples shall be collected to confirm water quality. During the swimming season, water samples shall be collected three (3) times per week. Five (5) water samples shall be collected from the designated swimming area at equally spaced intervals. Water samples shall be collected, as practically as is possible, on the scheduled day.

The samples are collected and analyzed for Enterococci and Escherichia coli (E.coli), by an accredited laboratory. The results are received by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) and interpreted based on the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality.

Upon receiving the results, OCMOH posts the results online

(http://beaches.gnb.ca/en/SamplingLocation/Index). Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture (THC) is responsible for physically updating Informative Beach Signs at designated areas.

For Enterococci, the guidelines state that the geometric mean of the 5 samples must be equal to or less than 35 Enterococci/100 ml and all single samples must be equal to or less than 70 Enterococci/100 ml.

For E.coli, the geometric mean of the 5 samples must be equal to or less than 200 E.coli/100 ml and all single samples must be equal to or less than 400 E.coli/100 ml. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of cfu (colony forming units) per 100 ml.

There is a two (2) day delay between the sample collection date and the posting of results. This is due to the time is takes to collect the samples, send them to the lab, and complete the analysis. On occasion, the collection of all required samples may not be possible due to weather/environmental conditions, safety concerns or other unforeseen circumstances beyond control.

Posting to Swim Guide:

The Fundy Baykeeper is responsible for communicating the results to Swim Guide through the app and website. Please note that the Fundy Baykeeper and Swim Guide are not affiliated with DELG, OCMOH, or THC

Murray Beach is marked Green on Swim Guide when the geometric mean and all single samples meet the criteria for both Enterococci and E.coli.

Murray Beach is marked Red on Swim Guide when the geometric mean or a single sample exceeds the criteria for Enterococci and E.coli. A beach will also be marked Red on Swim Guide if rainfall exceeds 10 mm within the previous 24 hour period.

Murray Beach is marked Grey on Swim Guide when there are no current results available online, or there is no information available on the government website.

Please note that the protocol is subject to annual review, thus content on Swim Guide will be updated accordingly. For more detailed information on water quality monitoring in New Brunswick, please see the official page (http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/ParleeBeach.html).

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Plage Murray Beach

Botsford, New Brunswick

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Conservation Council of New Brunswick/Fundy Baykeeper 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:   

Murray Beach, a part of Murray Beach Provincial Park, is located along the beautiful Northumberland
Strait coastline. While at Murray Beach, take in the vistas of the world-famous Confederation Bridge
while you relax on the unsupervised, sandy beach, and enjoy the warm saltwater. Throughout the
summer, there are lots of activities at the beach and nearby, including sea kayaking, lighthouses, historic
sites, farmers markets, and festivals. At Murray Beach, you will find change houses, washrooms, a
playground and picnic areas. While leashed pets are welcome in the park, they are not allowed on the
beach.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Plage Murray Beach is sampled from May 29th to October 9th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG) is responsible for the oversight of sample collection for the purpose of compliance monitoring and ensuring proper training is provided.

The following technical information was obtained directly from the Murray Beach Water Monitoring Protocol, and provides a brief overview of sampling procedures, as they are relevant to Swim Guide. For detailed technical information, please see the official protocol

(http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/en/HealthyEnvironments/MurrayBeachProtocol.pdf).

Overview of Sampling Protocol:

Within one week prior to the opening of the beach for the swimming/bathing season, one set of five (5) samples shall be collected to confirm water quality. During the swimming season, water samples shall be collected three (3) times per week. Five (5) water samples shall be collected from the designated swimming area at equally spaced intervals. Water samples shall be collected, as practically as is possible, on the scheduled day.

The samples are collected and analyzed for Enterococci and Escherichia coli (E.coli), by an accredited laboratory. The results are received by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) and interpreted based on the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality.

Upon receiving the results, OCMOH posts the results online

(http://beaches.gnb.ca/en/SamplingLocation/Index). Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture (THC) is responsible for physically updating Informative Beach Signs at designated areas.

For Enterococci, the guidelines state that the geometric mean of the 5 samples must be equal to or less than 35 Enterococci/100 ml and all single samples must be equal to or less than 70 Enterococci/100 ml.

For E.coli, the geometric mean of the 5 samples must be equal to or less than 200 E.coli/100 ml and all single samples must be equal to or less than 400 E.coli/100 ml. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of cfu (colony forming units) per 100 ml.

There is a two (2) day delay between the sample collection date and the posting of results. This is due to the time is takes to collect the samples, send them to the lab, and complete the analysis. On occasion, the collection of all required samples may not be possible due to weather/environmental conditions, safety concerns or other unforeseen circumstances beyond control.

Posting to Swim Guide:

The Fundy Baykeeper is responsible for communicating the results to Swim Guide through the app and website. Please note that the Fundy Baykeeper and Swim Guide are not affiliated with DELG, OCMOH, or THC

Murray Beach is marked Green on Swim Guide when the geometric mean and all single samples meet the criteria for both Enterococci and E.coli.

Murray Beach is marked Red on Swim Guide when the geometric mean or a single sample exceeds the criteria for Enterococci and E.coli. A beach will also be marked Red on Swim Guide if rainfall exceeds 10 mm within the previous 24 hour period.

Murray Beach is marked Grey on Swim Guide when there are no current results available online, or there is no information available on the government website.

Please note that the protocol is subject to annual review, thus content on Swim Guide will be updated accordingly. For more detailed information on water quality monitoring in New Brunswick, please see the official page (http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/ParleeBeach.html).

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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