For many, the May long weekend in Canada is the unofficial beginning of summer. It also marks the start of most seasonal recreational water quality monitoring programs across the country. To celebrate, we wanted to show some love for our Canadian affiliates.
Our Canadian affiliates represent a vibrant network of grassroots organizations and committed individuals working coast-to-coast to protect their local waters, and towards a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future for all Canadians.
Most Canadian affiliates contribute to Swim Guide by ensuring water quality data from their local water bodies is shared, used, and accessible. Affiliates find and share recreational water quality data from monitoring bodies, making it easy for the public to find and understand test results.
1. Fraser Riverkeeper was one of our first affiliates, joining in 2012. Fraser Riverkeeper educates and empowers the Vancouver region about local environmental issues through a wide range of programs.
2. Joining Swim Guide in 2012, Fundy Baykeeper uses a patrol boat to monitor and investigate environmental threats within the Bay of Fundy between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
3. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper created Swim Guide, and continues work towards a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Ontario by inspiring and empowering people and communities to know and safeguard their water.
4. One of our first affiliates, Ottawa Riverkeeper works collaboratively to inspire others into action, encourage responsible decision making, reduce watershed pollution, and wholly protect the Ottawa River watershed. Ottawa Riverkeeper was also essential in helping offer Swim Guide in French.
5. Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance is an environmental science and education organization, working to restore and protect New Brunswick’s Petitcodiac and Memramcook Rivers and their tributaries.
6. Shawn Mosey is Swim Guide’s first private citizen to join the Swim Guide affiliates’ program, and just an all around awesome guy. He uses his lunch break from firefighting to do data updates for Northumberland County, Ontario.
Shawn’s Watermark: www.watermarkproject.ca
7. The Atlantic Canadian Chapter of the Sierra Club works through education and action to green the economy and protect the environment. Through their program Re-Imaging Atlantic Harbours 2050 they update swim sites all over Nova Scotia.
8. Through our growing relationship with The Surfrider Foundation, the Vancouver Island Chapter is an active Swim Guide member and water leader, contributing data to Swim Guide for Vancouver Island and Victoria beaches.
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