Lake Winnipeg will be one body of Canadian water with candidate status this summer in the Blue Flag program. The program is meant to reward beaches and marinas who abide by strict international standards for cleanliness and environmental management.
Blue Flags have been awarded to 15 outstanding beaches and marinas in the country this year, and if Gimli’s beach area checks out, Lake Winnipeg could be included in the program annually. Beaches and marinas must apply each season, however, and can have their flag removed at any time if the conditions fail to meet the required criteria.
Independent juries of experts in Canada and internationally review each application and determine whether a marina or beach meets the standards for certification.
More than 3,400 beaches and marinas are certified under the Blue Flag program in 41 countries, including throughout Europe and in the Caribbean. Blue Flags have been awarded in Canada since 2003.