High E. coli levels reported at Metro Vancouver beach

Jul 27 2020, 11:08 am

A swimming advisory has been issued for the north side of White Pine Beach due to high bacteria levels.

Fraser Health, which made the announcement on Monday, says in addition to swimming and wading, other activities such as canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and paddleboarding are also not recommended.

White Pine Beach is located at Belcarra Regional Park in Port Moody and is known for its forested trails, rocky beaches, and mountain views. Swimming remains allowed at other sections of Sasamat Lake, such as the south side of White Pine Beach and the lake’s float walk and outdoor centre.

The Canadian Recreational Water Quality Guidelines recommend a level of less than 200 E. coli bacteria per 100 mL of water for swimming. Water samples are taken every week during the spring and summer, and advisories are issued when bacteria levels exceed the allotted threshold.

Anyone who enters the water at White Pine Beach — North is advised to wash their hands and shower immediately.

Symptoms of E. coli sickness include bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and low-grade fever.

Fraser Health will continue to sample bacteria levels and will reopen the beach when they return to an acceptable level.

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