In 2018, Ace Hill, Swim Drink Fish, and Studio Sophomore produced a video series about Lake Ontario to highlight stories about swimmable, fishable, drinkable water. We are proud to share them with you.
For the past two years, Ace Hill Beer has been one of Swim Drink Fish’s greatest supporters. By funding our core programs, like Swim Guide, they help us connect people to their local waters. Besides, you need good water to make good beer.
A swimmable, drinkable, fishable future is not possible without a lot people working together towards the same goal. If it takes a village to raise a child, collaboration between communities, business’, governments, and citizens is required to restore and protect our water. These videos are an invitation to join the swim, drink, fish movement.
In 2001, the Swim Drink Fish movement started in Toronto, on the shores of Lake Ontario. For the past 17 years this expansive, beautiful, beloved waterbody has been a constant source of inspiration in our pursuit of a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future. The lake is an ecological wonder, and was once such a recreational water destination that Torontonians rode the streetcar for free when they did so with their bathing suit, on route to their city’s beaches.
For more than a century pollution, development, and overfishing have all taken a major toll on the lake. Lake Ontario is still great, and still a wonder. 9 million people rely on her for their drinking water, it has more beaches than Florida, California, and Hawaii, and a vibrant fishery still exists in some regions of the lake. Lake Ontario continues to offer so much to visitors and residents alike as a place to swim, surf, and reap the benefits of a life on the water. Still, the lake carries the reputation that’s she’s ruined, too dirty to touch.
Through advocacy, stewardship, culture, and science Swim Drink Fish works to connect people with water. In the case of Lake Ontario, it’s more of a reconnection than a recovery.
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