Helping to unfurl the Blue
Flag at Station Beach are Chris Hartwick (L), Cory White, Trudy Nelson,
Brenda Lance, Nicholas Rolfe of Environmental Defence, and mayor Larry
For the third year in a row, Station Beach in Kincardine has
received the international Blue Flag award.
This means the lakeshore location has met rigorous standards for
water quality, safety and environmental management, said Nicholas
Rolfe, Blue Flag co-ordinator with Environmental Defence.
Joined by officials from the Municipality of Kincardine and the
Friends of the Boardwalk, Rolfe helped raise the Blue Flag at the
beach Tuesday afternoon (June 23).
Rolfe said the beach must be re-certified each year to ensure it
still meets the standards. "You should be proud of what youíve done
here," he said.
Aquatics director Brenda Lance said the major work done this year
was removing "cottonaster" along the boardwalk because it is an
invasive species that is not native to this area.
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She said the Blue Flag has actually flown for four years because
Kincardine was a "candidate" beach as a pilot project the first year.
"Itís great to be recognized for meeting international criteria, such as
safety, amenities, and good water quality," she said. "Water quality is
the most difficult to control."
Mayor Larry Kraemer said he is thrilled that the municipality is again
flying a Blue Flag at Station Beach. "To be internationally recognized
is a huge tourism draw," he said. "This beach is the focal point in the
community during the summer."
See the new gift items in the renovated Kincardine