Water Quality Monitoring Program


Fecal Coliform Monitoring

We monitor the river for fecal coliform levels, which includes E. coli bacteria from the fecal matter of humans and warm-blooded animals. We do this as a public service with support from the municipalities of La Pêche, Cantley and Chelsea, and clubs and associations that use the river for recreational purposes. The testing takes place once a month during the summer season.

We draw water samples at several locations of concern along the river, and the analysis is done by MicroB, a Québec government-certified laboratory in Gatineau, following the standards established by the Québec Ministry of the Environment. The results are published according to the following scale for swimming and other recreational purposes:

“A” – Excellent, between 0 and 20 coliforms per 100ml

“B” – Good, between 21 and 100 coliforms per 100ml

“C” – Acceptable, between 100 and 199 coliforms per 100 ml

“D” – Not Recommended, above 200 coliforms per 100ml

“E”- Very Poor. above 1000 coliforms per 100 ml 

Water Quality is Good and Improving

Good news! For the past twenty years, our test results have consistently shown the river to be very safe for swimming, and, for the past ten years, the results have been excellent.

Test Results 2021

JULY 4, 2021

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August 3, 2021

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Test Results 2020

August 31 Water Quality Test Results

August 31, 2020

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August 31 Water Quality Test Results

August 3, 2020

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August 31 Water Quality Test Results

July 5, 2020

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Test Results 2019

Sept 2020 Water Quality test

September 3, 2019

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July 2019 Water Quality Test

July 28, 2019

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June 2019 Water Quality Test

June 24, 2019

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Historical Results