Biinaagami is a multimedia, change-provoking initiative rooted in Indigenous knowledges. Through ceremony, mapping, inclusive storytelling, augmented reality, experiential learning, community water hubs and ecosystem restoration, Biinaagami aims to rebuild just and healthy relations between wildlife, people and place in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence watershed.
This status is based on the latest sample, take on August 15th, 2023
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as
test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide
on August 15th at 12:00 AM.
Algonquin Bridge is sampled
Water Quality Graph:
About Algonquin Bridge
Wards Island is a little piece of natural paradise in the City of Toronto. It is a popular place to visit for Toronto mainland residents and tourists. Wards Island is where the residential part of the island is. It is home year-round to over 600 people. In the summer the residents and visitors of Wards Island have multiple places to go for a canoe, kayak, and Stand-Up-Paddle. Popular places to access the water include the freshwater lagoon named Sunfish Cut. On any given day in the summer, people are seen Stand-Up-Paddling, canoeing, swimming, and relaxing in the water. It is an easy place to launch a canoe or kayak and adventure up the Sunfish Cut lagoon. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open, as you will see plenty of frogs, birds, and fish on your adventures in this area.
The Island Sampling Team is made up of residents of Wards Island. These community scientists are a part of Swim Drink Fish's Toronto Community Based Monitoring Hub. You can access the detailed open data files for this location here: https://www.recreationalwater.ca/toronto
A dedicated group of citizen scientists run a community water sampling program on Toronto Island in collaboration with Swim Drink Fish. They are part of the Toronto Water Quality Monitoring Hub, which is helping to support communities in their efforts to obtain accurate and up-to-date water quality information in areas with no official monitoring. Trained community members monitor recreational water quality at three locations on Wards Island during the summer months. The guidelines followed are Ontario’s Provincial Water Quality Objectives from 2014, set by the Ministry of Environment at 100 E.coli per 100 millilitres of water.
Water is sampled for E. coli and total coliform at all sites. Sampling occurs once a week on Tuesday morning from June 6th to September 10th, 2020. Results are available 24 hours after samples are collected.
Beaches are posted when the geometric mean of 5 samples collected within a given swimming area and within a 30-day period exceeds 100 E.coli / 100 ml of water. The Ministry of the Environment F-5-5 procedure says that a clean beach meets water quality criteria at least 95% of the swimming season, even if it is near a sewage pipe or combined sewer outfall.
Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli per 100 ml by using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 MPN Table.
A beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of 5 samples results are equal to or below 100 E.coli / 100 ml water.
A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean concentration (minimum of five samples) is equal to or above 100 E.coli / 100 ml water, according to Ontario’s water quality guidelines.
A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.
Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the swim guide website and app.
To see a full sample results table visit the Waterkeeper.ca website. Results are also available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling The Swim Guide +1 (416) 861-1237.