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August 16, 2006
Swimmers enjoy the water at Dilberry Lake despite a health order closing the beach. Meanwhile two of many alleged messy and feathery culprits wade near the public swimming area. Story in this week's paper. ©Provost News Photo.
High Bacterial Level Closes Beach for Week
The main public beach area at Dilberry Lake was closed for a week due to a high bacterial level but is now open again.

A sign that went up on Friday, August 4 warning the public of the bacteria levels was taken down on Friday, August 11.

East Central Health’s inspector Gordon Corcoran told The Provost News in a telephone interview that he believes the high bacterial count showed up because of a concentration of seagulls directly on the other side of the lake.

Winds were blowing the water with the bacteria originating from the birds’ excrement from the far side of the lake, straight towards the main beach when the first sample in question was taken.

Corcoran said if the parks people did not close the beach after the water samples were discovered he would have ordered it.
The park ranger at the lake conducts weekly water tests and sends them to a provincial laboratory in Edmonton for testing.

Health signs like this one are erected to warn the public of contamination but there is no penalty if people ignore it and continue to use the beach and swim in the water.

One person interviewed at the beach on Wednesday, August 9 said she noticed the sign but wondered if it was still in effect and young people with her were using the beach at the time. Another person did not know of the existence of the warning sign near a trail north of the beach until it was pointed out to him.

Other areas of the lake were and continue to be checked for bacterial levels but none out of the ordinary were found elsewhere.

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This week we ask : "Obesity is Becoming More of a Threat to Children’s Health. What Can be Done About It?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Tracy Schopfer, Derwyn Liebel, Sheila Hauck, Michelle Farkas, and Doris McNalley.
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