Sauble Beach on track to fly Blue Flag, an international award for clean beaches
South Bruce Peninsula , Ontario – Sauble Beach , one of Ontario ‘s premier beaches, is a candidate to receive the Blue Flag, an international award for clean beaches, Environmental Defence announced today.
At a special ceremony at Sauble Beach this morning, Environmental Defence- the Blue Flag coordinator in Canada – presented the Town of South Bruce Peninsula with a Blue Flag Candidate Certificate. Mayor Carl Noble and Councillors , Grey Bruce Health Unit’s Health Promotion Manager Lou D’Alessandro , the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation , the Friends of Sauble Beach, and the Chamber of Commerce joined with Environmental Defence to celebrate the Blue Flag candidate status.
“It’s great to know that Sauble Beach is comparable with beaches around the world where Blue Flags have been flying for years,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence. “A Blue Flag at Sauble Beach will let the public know this is a world-class beach.”
“We have always known that Sauble Beach is one of the best beaches in the world,” said Carl Noble, Mayor of South Bruce Peninsula. “The Blue Flag is a great way to get this message out.”
To qualify to fly the Blue Flag, beaches must meet 27 specific criteria based on water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services. Water quality at Blue Flag beaches must meet Ontario ‘s standards for recreational water quality (the most stringent in North America ) for at least 80% of the swimming season. Blue Flags are awarded at the beginning of each swimming season. Beaches can lose their Blue Flags during the season if they fail to meet the required criteria.
“This is truly a wonderful opportunity for Sauble Beach . Congratulations on your candidacy,” said Lou D’Alessandro, Manager, Health Promotion, Grey Bruce Health Unit. “As a regular monitor of beach water quality, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is proud to be a partner in the Blue Flag process.”
The Town of South Bruce Peninsula plans to formally apply for a Blue Flag for Sauble Beach this fall. The outcome of its application will depend on whether Sauble Beach meets all 27 Blue Flag criteria. The application must be reviewed and approved by two independent juries – the Blue Flag Great Lakes Regional Jury and the International Blue Flag Jury. If all goes well, a Blue Flag will be flying at Sauble Beach at the beginning of the swimming season in 2006.
“We are especially pleased that Sauble Beach has been chosen as a candidate beach for Blue Flag status,” said Ken Frook, Director, Friends of Sauble Beach. “Friends of Sauble Beach initiated the development of a Management Plan for the beach, and its recommendations will have long lasting effects in preserving and protecting the dune and shoreline ecosystems.”
“Certainly with the measures being taken to conserve its beach and dune ecosystem, Sauble Beach is becoming a model for other Great Lakes communities in lakeshore stewardship,” said Geoff Peach, Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. “These measures will help to ensure that Sauble Beach remains one of the nation’s best beaches long into the future.”
Last week, Environmental Defence awarded the first Blue Flags in Canada to four Toronto beaches. For more information about Blue Flag Canada, please visit www.BlueFlag.ca
About Blue Flag
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), based in Denmark , owns and operates the Blue Flag Program. Since 1987, Blue Flag has grown to include more than 2,400 beaches in 33 countries. Environmental Defence is the Canadian National Operator of Blue Flag. Our goal is for beaches across Canada to meet national Blue Flag standards, ensuring that Canadians enjoy clean beaches. Blue Flag Canada is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture that receives annually $100 million of government funding generated through Ontario ‘s charity casino initiative.
About Environmental Defence ( www.environmentaldefence.ca ) Environmental Defence protects the environment and human health. We research. We educate. We go to court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air, safe food and thriving ecosystems. Nationwide.
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For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)

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