Station Beach on track to fly Blue Flag, an international award for clean beaches
Kincardine , Ontario – Station Beach on Lake Huron is a candidate to receive the Blue Flag, an international award for clean beaches, Environmental Defence announced today.
At a special ceremony at Station Beach this afternoon, Environmental Defence – the Blue Flag coordinator in Canada – will present the Municipality of Kincardine with a Blue Flag Candidate Certificate. Kincardine Mayor Glenn R. Sutton will join with Environmental Defence to celebrate the Blue Flag candidate status.
“We’re so pleased to welcome Station Beach as a Blue Flag candidate. Station Beach is comparable with beaches around the world where Blue Flags have been flying for years,” said Sarah Winterton, Programme Director, Environmental Defence.
More than 2,500 beaches in over 30 countries, including five beaches in Ontario , all fly the Blue Flag. For Station Beach to qualify for a Blue Flag, it must meet 27 specific criteria based on water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services
“The Municipality of Kincardine encourages other Lake Huron municipalities with public beaches to consider attaining Blue Flag status,” said Kincardine Mayor Glenn R. Sutton. “We are confident that Station Beach will obtain international Blue Flag status. We look forward to seeing the Blue Flag flying at Station Beach next summer.”
Water quality at all Blue Flag beaches must meet Ontario ‘s standards for recreational water quality (the most stringent in North America ) for at least 80% of the swimming season. Blue Flags are awarded to beaches at the beginning of each swimming season, and must be renewed every year. Beaches can lose their Blue Flags during the season if they fail to meet the required criteria.
Station Beach ‘s formal Blue Flag application must be reviewed and approved by two independent juries – the Blue Flag Great Lakes Regional Jury and the International Blue Flag Jury. If all goes well, a Blue Flag will be flying at Station Beach at the beginning of the swimming season in 2007.
Earlier this summer, Environmental Defence awarded Blue Flags to four Toronto beaches and to Sauble Beach in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula (near Owen Sound , Ontario ). For more information about Blue Flag Canada, please visit www.BlueFlag.ca
About Blue Flag
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), based in Denmark , owns and operates the Blue Flag Program. Since 1987, Blue Flag has grown to include more than 2,500 beaches in over 30 countries. Environmental Defence is the Canadian National Operator of Blue Flag. Our goal is for beaches across Canada to meet national Blue Flag standards, ensuring that Canadians enjoy clean beaches. Blue Flag Canada is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture that receives annually $100 million of government funding generated through Ontario ‘s charity casino initiative.
About Environmental Defence ( www.environmentaldefence.ca ) Environmental Defence protects the environment and human health. We research. We educate. We go to court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air, safe food and thriving ecosystems. Nationwide.
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For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)