Blue Flag is an internationally respected eco-label granted on an annual basis to beaches and marinas that have achieved international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, safety and services. The Great Lakes are home to over 30 Blue Flags.
Blue Flag beaches and marinas meet strict criteria designed to ensure a site is being managed responsibly for people, the environment, and the long-term health of the coastal ecosystem. When a community flies a Blue Flag, it represents a symbol of commitment and dedication to its waterfront for future generations. One of the best things about the award is it takes the guesswork out of picking a beach to visit with friends or family.
If you’re a beach or marina operator, consider pursuing Blue Flag designation for your beach or marina. Contact Swim Drink Fish to make sure your beach or marina is ready to fly the Blue Flag. If you’re a beach visitor, go to blueflag.ca to learn more about the program.
Blue Flag is run internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Denmark. In Canada, the program is run by Swim Drink Fish Canada.
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