Swim Guide and Swim Drink Fish are excited to announce two new positions as a part of our newest program, the Great Lakes Communities Monitoring Initiative.
The Great Lakes Communities Recreational Waters Monitoring Initiative is a four-year demonstration project to engage underserved communities in water quality monitoring, data-sharing, and stewardship. The purposes of the Initiative are (i) to invent a scalable, sustainable model for ongoing water quality monitoring that addresses both western science and traditional knowledge needs; (ii) to hone best practices for communicating water quality results to the community quickly and reliably; and, (iii) to identify the communications technology infrastructure required to sustain these activities across the Great Lakes region, including in First Nations communities. In so doing, we can help to ensure that all Great Lakes waters are protected for generations to come and that waterborne illnesses become a thing of the past.
The Initiative will establish and support recreational water quality monitoring programs in 6 pilot communities, including 3 First Nations communities. Here’s how it works: The Initiative will develop a recreational water quality monitoring program that can be implemented in any community (north, south, urban, rural, Indigenous, etc.). The Initiative will launch water quality monitoring programs where existing monitoring programs do not meet community needs. Pilot communities’ work will identify and document the needs for a suite of web-based tools and data-sharing systems that Swim Drink Fish will build to empower more Great Lakes communities to monitor, enjoy, and protect their waters than ever before.
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