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Nova Scotia medical officer asks for inspection of Bayswater Beach

The Canadian Press

Monday, August 19, 2013, 2:38 PM -

The Nova Scotia government is dispatching environmental inspectors to determine the source of bacteria fouling a popular seaside beach west of Halifax.

File photo courtesy: Trevor Awalt

File photo courtesy: Trevor Awalt

Bayswater Beach has been closed to swimming since last Wednesday.

Dr. Richard Gould, the province's medical officer of health, says staff from the Bridgewater office of the Environment Department will assess the beach to identify factors that could be contributing to higher bacteria counts.

Gould says it could be a case of naturally occurring surface bacteria.

However, he says inspectors can order property owners to fix problems if they spot a threat to the environment.

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