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Most Manitoba beaches showing low E. coli, algae levels

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If your long weekend plans include a swim in the lake or a snooze on the beach, go right ahead.

Water testing this week by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship showed levels of E. coli (Escherichia coli) were "within recreational water quality guidelines" at all monitored beaches.

However algae advisory signs have been posted for Pelican Lake at Ninette beach, which means swimmers are advised blue-green agae has been observed. If severe algae blooms were to occur, swimming would then not be recommended.

Warm and calm weather with relatively high nutrient loads, such as sludge from dead plants, can creat ideal conditions for blue-green algae to develop however they tend to form and disperse quickly.

Advisory signs about beach water quality testing are posted at beaches. More information is available at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/waterstewardship/quality/beaches

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