Sarnia’s Canatara Beach has made a prestigious list of only 24 other areas in the province that has been authorized to fly a blue flag, having met a series of standard related to water quality, environmental management and education.
Safety and services are also part of a list of criteria that Canatara has met, thanks to city workers such as Dave Myers and Shelley Erwin.
Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley centred out Myers at a Saturday morning ribbon cutting ceremony for the Canatara Park Train that now has its own building.
Canatara Beach is one of the pilot sites for the Blue Flag program and the final hurdle was having a record of good water quality through a summer season.
Other area beaches, the Grand Bend Beach in Lambton Shores and publicly-owned marinas in Port Franks and Grand Bend have been Blue Flag designated since 2009 and have maintained that status.
The Blue Flag program, which is worldwide in scope, is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence. There are some 4,000 beaches and marinas in 48 countries.
The Canatara Beach project will continue this summer with more planting of grasses as well as the setting up of boardwalks that will protect grasses in the summer.