2014 Water Quality Report
The 2014 MLA water quality monitoring program was a success. In all, over 100 volunteers collected 1235 samples. The report detailing the results of the program are now available below. You'll notice that the collection and analysis methods are documented in a special report, allowing the main report to focus on results.
Key messages from the results report are as follows:
- Monitored lakes have consistently good water quality that is suitable for recreational use.
- Most E.Coli values recorded are well within the expected range of values that would occur naturally; most were also below the MLA guideline.
- This year's ‘Focus Areas’ have been identified with yellow or red traffic lights. The specific rationale for the traffic light classifications is underlined within each area summaries sheet. Eighteen areas are classified yellow, meaning further investigation is recommended to maintain good water quality. One area is classified red, meaning immediate remedial action is necessary to address water quality problems. The red light area presented elevated E. coli concerns, which the MLA Water Quality & Environment and Political and Land Use Committees have been hard at work addressing with local residents and the municipal government.