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May 16, 2000 - Waterfowl Feces, Debris May Pose Health Risks to Swimmers

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Waterfowl Feces, Debris May Pose Health Risks to Swimmers

(Tuesday, May 16/2000)-- In light of potential health risks associated with excess debris and bird droppings, Halifax Regional Municipality is urging citizens to refrain from feeding pigeons, ducks and other waterfowl in areas where children swim or play.

It appears that feeding by the public has attracted large numbers of waterfowl and pigeons to some of the HRM-owned beach and playground areas. Unfortunately, the feeding of birds and waterfowl near public swimming areas may cause potential health concerns due to excessive bird feces, food and other debris left in the water.

HRM intends to erect appropriate signage at affected areas (playgrounds, municipally-owned beaches and other swimming areas) and to monitor the situation on a regular basis.

The main thrust of the campaign will be to educate the public and try to discourage the feeding of waterfowl and birds at public swimming areas for public health and environmental reasons.

Councillor Clint Schofield (District 9- Albro Lake/Harbourview), who initially raised the issue at a meeting of Halifax Regional Council, is particularly concerned about Big Albro Lake in Dartmouth.

"This is a busy area most times of the year, but it does pose a considerable health hazard during the warmer summer months. A lot of area children play and swim at the lake, and we want to protect their public health and safety, " he said.

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Councillor Clint Schofield
(902) 488-4809

Stephen King
Parks and Recreation Services
(902) 490-4894