Blue Flag on Wasaga Beach
I went camping at Awenda Provincial Park in Penetanguishene, Ontario this weekend. It isn’t far from Wasaga Beach, the world’s longest freshwater beach. I noticed a write up about Blue Flag and was curious to see what it was about.
The Blue Flag program is run by a non-profit organization that work towards sustainable development at beaches/marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and other services
To obtain a Blue Flag on your beach 29 specific criteria must be met. Criteria include:
- Posting water quality
- Posting information about the Blue Flag program
- Ensuring sewage does not affect the beach area
- The beach must be clean
- There must be washrooms
- There must be an adequate number of life guards on duty
I haven’t been to Wasaga Beach in a few years, but from what I recall it is always over crowded. Whenever there are that many people in one area garbage doesn’t always make it to the bins or the bins fill up, which eventually results in dirty beaches and water. The Blue Flag program will hopefully clean up the area and makes it more enjoyable for everyone.