At Swim Guide, our core mission is to provide the public with easier access to recreational water quality data. What started as a localized endeavor in the Great Lakes Region has expanded to be an international operation, serving over 3 million people. This past summer Swim Guide took a big step by expanding into Europe and welcoming the countries of Ireland and France to our platform. This added to an already growing list of countries, including Bahamas, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia.
Today we are thrilled to announce that another country, and in turn, continent, will be joining the Swim Guide community. Working with local community based environmental organization EcoFinder Kenya and their water division, Lake Victoria Waterkeeper, Swim Guide is proud to now be sharing test results for three sites on the Kenyan side of Lake Victoria. This marks not only our first sites in Kenya, but in all of Africa. We are honoured to provide a platform for this important, community based water quality monitoring program to share their data.
The Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance and its mandate is to mobilize individuals, groups, institutions and companies to enable the implementation of activities that will lead to a more fishable, swimmable and drinkable Lake Victoria.
It works under the umbrella of the Waterkeeper Alliance which is a global movement uniting more than 230 Waterkeeper organizations around the world, focusing citizen advocacy on issues that affect their local waterways, from pollution to climate change.
Ecofinder Kenya is the not for profit organization in which Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper is housed and it is committed to the promotion of Lake Victoria communities’ participation in ameliorating their environment, livelihood, and health. Ecofinder Kenya’s advocacy work has resulted in the involvement of locals and other stakeholders in the conservation of Lake Victoria and its wetlands. This work is what Ecofinder Kenya wants to advance through the Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper initiative.
Known as one of the African Great Lakes, Lake Victoria is a multinational lake bordering Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. With a surface area of nearly 60,000 km2 (24,000 m2), Lake Victoria is Africa’s biggest lake and the world’s largest tropical lake. It is also the world’s second largest freshwater lake, with Ontario’s Lake Superior the only one larger.
It is home to an incredibly rich and diverse ecology. Many mammals can be found on its shores and waters, including the hippopotamus, African clawless otter, mongoose, reedbuck, waterbuck, and many shrew species. It is also home to Nile crocodiles, and several turtle species. In terms of fish, Lake Victoria is known for its cichlid fish family, comprised of over 500 species, some of which are still unnamed.
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