Birds a key cause of fecal contamination at Lake Winnipeg beaches

Aug. 8, CBC News:

Eight beaches in Manitoba have permanent advisories for the summer after testing positive for fecal contamination — and birds flying overhead could be partly to blame.

Summer-long warnings are in effect at Hnausa Beach, Spruce Sands Beach, Sandy Hook Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Milne Beach, West Grand Beach, East Grand Beach and Gimli Beach after tests showed a spike in Escherichia coli (E. coli) in July and August well above the threshold considered optimal for swimming water.

“What we found on Lake Winnipeg is E. coli is really driven by the wind and wave processes on the water,” said Elaine Page, manager of the water quality management section with Manitoba Sustainable Development. Read more.

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