Recreational Water Monitoring

What is Recreational Water Monitoring?

In Alberta, recreational water monitoring is carried out in order to assess the exposure risk of lake users to Enterococcus bacteria, and blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). Monitoring is coordinated by Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services at priority beach locations across Alberta, from late May to early September. Results of the monitoring may result in advisories posted to specific beach locations (Enterococcus), or for a lake as a whole (cyanobacteria).

With support from Alberta Health, ALMS has hired a Recreational Water Technician to coordinate volunteers to sample beaches throughout Alberta for public health targets as part of Alberta Health’s recreational water monitoring network. The Recreational Water Technician has a technical diploma or degree in environmental public health or a related field, and has experience with program coordination and management.

2021 Recreational Water (Beach) Monitoring Webinar:

Tina McLean, Recreational Water Monitoring Technician

With a passion for water, horsebackriding, and photography, Tina spends her free time exploring the shores of Buffalo Lake, Camrose area, Calgary rivers, and everything in between. In 2018, she graduated from Mount Royal University with a B.Sc in Environmental Science to pursue her interest in freshwater ecology and watershed management. She has worked two summers managing restored wetlands and researching the health of streams in Central Alberta. Having also worked previously as a registered nurse, Tina is excited to combine her interest in the health of both people and the environment in her role with ALMS as the Recreational Water Technician for 2021.

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