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Rural Beach Project, Clean Up Rural Beaches (CURB) report

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Title: Rural Beach Project, Clean Up Rural Beaches (CURB) report
Author: Mar, Peter
Abstract: From 1986 to 1989 the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (MTRCA) Rural Beaches Project, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), investigated the sources of rural water quality impairment that have affected conservation area swimming beaches. The Clean Up Rural Beaches (CURB) Plan identifies bacterial pollution sources, estimates their impact on water quality, and presents remedial options necessary to improve water quality in the Centreville Creek, Bruce Creek, and East Humber River watersheds. Stream surveys, field assessments, and water quality monitoring revealed agricultural sources as the primary contributors of beach bacterial pollution. The CURB model estimates that runoff from barnyards, inadequate manure storage facilities, and from unrestricted livestock access to watercourses, account for between 87% and 95% of the bacterial contamination at rural swimming beaches. Faulty septic systems and wildlife account for most of the remaining share.
Date: 1991
Rights: Queen's Printer for Ontario, Crown Copyright, Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Rights Holder: Queen's Printer for Ontario

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