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Area beaches earn blue flag

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Sauble Beach in South Bruce Peninsula and Station Beach in Kincardine will be flying the blue flag this year.

The beach is one of 18 beaches and four marinas in Canada to receive the Blue Flag eco-certification, awarded to beaches and marinas that have achieved international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety and services.

The Blue Flag program has been in Canada since 2005 with certified beaches and marinas in Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec this year.

"Beaches and marinas across Canada proudly fly the Blue Flag because it is a symbol of excellence," Brett Tyron, coordinator of the Blue Flag Canada program, said in a news release. "Wherever you see a Blue Flag, you know the beach or marina has great water quality, is working to protect natural areas, has lifeguards or lifesaving equipment, and helps to educate the community about how to protect and improve the local environment."

In Canada, the award is administered by Environmental Defence and it is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Around the world, 3,100 beaches and 625 marinas have been certified.

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