Water Quality

Beach Closures and Blue-Green Algae

Nothing’s better on a hot summer day than spending time at your local beach, but warmer temperatures increase the risk of blue-green algae blooms which could lead to beach closures. But what are blue-green algae? Where do blooms come from and how could this affect the swim season?

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Fish Kill Incident on Rivière du Lièvre: updated August 9th

Multiple fish kill incidents occurred in July 2019 in the Lièvre river. After receiving eyewitness reports, we contacted authorities and took our boat out to survey the situation and take water samples. Investigations are ongoing and many questions remain.

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Triclosan Update – January 21st 2019

Government’s Low Reduction Targets for the Widely Used Antimicrobial Substance Triclosan Continue to Disappoint Environmentalists: Lacks protection for Canadian Lakes, Rivers, and Human Health

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Gatineau’s Plan du plein air urbain: Leveraging our aquatic environment

Our Executive Director Patrick Nadeau’s Op-Ed on Gatineau’s Plan du plein air urbain.

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To Swim or not to Swim in Ottawa? Your Swim Guide coordinator Weighs In

Ever wonder whether it’s safe to swim in the Ottawa River? Here’s what our Swim Guide coordinator learned about it this summer. Let’s all make sure we keep on swimming safely!

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