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Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park Beach, AB


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Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park Beach Short Term Forecast

Beach Conditions

NOTE: July 14 2014: Contaminated water advisory issued for Milk River at Writing-on-Stone Provincial ParkLETHBRIDGE – Due to elevated levels of fecal coliforms currently present in the waters of Milk River Alberta Health Services (AHS) is advising the public not to swim or wade in the Milk River at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. The public is also advised not to drink this contaminated river water as water-borne organisms including fecal coliforms can cause vomiting and diarrheaElevated levels of fecal coliforms were detected during routine testing of Milk River water at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. At current levels skin ear and eye infections can result from any contact with Milk River water.AHS Environmental Public Health officers will continue to monitor the water in the Milk River at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park.This advisory will remain in effect until further notice. PP Beach is a small sandy beach near the PP campsite and on the shores of the Milk River. Depending on the flow level of the Milk River visitors will wade float and swim in the river near the beach area. It is an unmarked and unsupervised beach so use caution and common sense. The beach is accessed via a path from the campsite and no amenities exist at the beach area. The beach is a unique river beach in great surroundings. However the real treasures of the area are the petroglyphs of the Blackfoot First Nation on the sacred ground in the area. NOTE: There was a contaminated water advisory issued on July 19/2012 for Milk River at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park that was lifted as of August 3/2012. The beach had an Alberta Health Services health advisory posting in 2011 for elevated fecal coliforms from July 22-Aug 23 and has been posted in previous years as well. This may be attributed to livestock upstream of the swimming area.
Water Quality
Tested weekly from May 30 to August 30
Current Status
The status of this beach is GREY
Recent and/or reliable water quality information is unavailable.


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