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Sudbury, Ontario raises a blue flag for water quality
Sudbury, ON – The City of Greater Sudbury recently raised a Blue Flag at the Bell Park Main Beach to distinguish the beach’s water and facilities as meeting high safety and environmental standards.
The Blue Flag is an internationally recognized eco-label, awarded to beaches and marinas that meet 33 strict criteria for water quality, environmental education and management, and safety and services. More than 4,000 beaches and marinas have been certified in 49 countries around the world, including Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil and the Caribbean.
"We are very proud to be the first Blue Flag designated beach in northern Ontario,” said Ron Henderson, General Manager of Citizen and Leisure Services. “It demonstrates our commitment to clean, safe beaches for all of our residents to enjoy. The Blue Flag promotes tourism, health, environment, safety and sustainability in our community.”
The Blue Flag International program
is managed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental, non-profit organization promoting sustainable development through environmental education. The program is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence. When a city applies for the Blue Flag designation for a specific beach, it is audited two times a season by Environmental Defence. Those audits are submitted to several juries to ensure the Blue Flag criteria are being met.
"Behind each Blue Flag is a community of people who recognize the importance of protecting their beach for the benefit of the people who enjoy it and for the environment," said Brett Tryon, Blue Flag program manager, Environmental Defence. "We're so pleased to help raise the Blue Flag at Bell Park Main Beach for the first time.”
For additional information:
General Manager of Citizen and Leisure Services
705-673-1155, extension 4759