The BWC began water quality monitoring within the Bay in the summer of 2017 to get a baseline data set in order to track changes into the future and determine the overall health of the Belleisle Bay. A total of eight sites were chosen throughout the bay and were sampled five times over the field season (June to August).
Note: In the future (by Fall 2018), data will be uploaded to Atlantic Datastream instead of this web page. Field data and some lab parameters from 2017 can already be found on the beta version of the website.
In the field, simple water quality parameters are measured with hand-held meters. The following parameters are assessed within the bay:
Water samples are also collected and send to a certified lab for E.coli, nutrient, and metal analysis. This data is used to determine if any parameter is out of nature and/or safe concentrations and to determine the potential for vegetation growth due to nutrient overload.
Overall, the water quality monitoring from the 2019 field season revealed that the Belleisle Bay should be considered in good condition.
Interested in having your water (well or beach) tested for E.coli? The BWC will be once again offering water testing services during our water monitoring field season. We take care of everything for you - sampling, delivery to a certified lab for analysis, and review of the results! Please contact the BWC by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for inquires.