‘Multiple sources’ may be to blame for Parlee Beach water contamination
‘Multiple sources’ may be to blame for Parlee Beach water contamination.
But "from what I’m hearing … there seems to be multiple sources."
On Wednesday, the government announced Canadian recreational water quality guidelines will be adopted for Parlee Beach, starting this summer.
Changes will include more frequent testing at more locations, easier to understand signage, and results being posted online.
Asked whether he will consider a moratorium on development in the area until the sources of contamination are identified, Rousselle said he is waiting to hear from the steering committee.
Rousselle declined to divulge his personal opinion.
"I will keep it to myself, as I did with the Canadian monitoring," he said, explaining he believed two months ago the province should adopt the federal guidelines.
Tim Borlase, who owns a home in Pointe-du-Chêne and is a member of a group of concerned citizens called the Red Dot Association Shediac Bay, called adoption of the federal guidelines "a really important first step."
In the meantime, the group has come up with some of its own solutions to possible sources of contamination, including dog owners not cleaning up after their pets, said Borlase.
"We view the wetlands as kind of the kidneys" that clean the water system, he explained.