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.

View the provincial Safe Beach Protocol here

2022 Recreational Water (Beach) Monitoring Webinar:

Sarah Klimchuk, Recreational Water Technician

Sarah recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Although she was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Sarah has been admiring the beauty and adventure within Alberta lakes and mountains throughout her life from Sylvan Lake to Sulphur Skyline Trail. With her strong background in microbiology, Sarah has supported previous work and projects for Alberta Lake Management Society through both fieldwork and lab analysis. Sarah is eager and excited to begin working with beach operators, volunteers, and beach-goers this season to support and promote safe, healthy, and fun recreational water use!

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