Posted: May 29, 2019 at 6:03 pm

As the weather warms across much of the northern hemisphere, recreational water monitoring programs are gearing up for the swim season ahead. Swim Guide is honoured to work alongside over 80 affiliate organizations who conduct critical work in their local communities and watersheds. We are thrilled to welcome four new affiliates to our family, just in time for the 2019 season, and it just so happens all of these new affiliates hail from the state of North Carolina!

MountainTrue’s Green and Broad Riverkeepers

MountainTrue serves as one of the most extensive networks of environmental stewards in the region, championing resilient forests, clean waters, and healthy communities in Western North Carolina. Home to four different Riverkeepers, MountainTrue is like a family riverkeepers, and we couldn’t be happier for their family to join ours.

In 2015, the French Broad Riverkeeper was the first to join Swim Guide with 30 monitoring locations. In 2018, they were joined by the Watauga Riverkeeper with 11 more sites. Now, ahead of the 2019 season, both the Green and Broad Riverkeepers are bring their new monitoring programs onto Swim Guide with six sites each. This completes the MountainTrue suite on Swim Guide, bringing their total monitoring site count to over 50.

Acting as the eyes, ears, and voice for the rivers they serve, MountainTrue Riverkeepers are passionate about protecting their waters and helping their communities enjoy the endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in western North Carolina.

You can find MountainTrue on Swim Guide here.

Kayakers on the Broad River

Haw River Assembly

Founded in 1982, the Haw River Assembly aims to protect and restore the Haw River and Jordan Lake through community driven action. Core initiatives include the promotion of environmental education, conservation efforts, pollution prevention, and defending the river in the public arena.

Their recreational water monitoring program brings 10 sites to Swim Guide, helping local communities recreate safely in their local waters.

Check them out on Swim Guide here.

Photo courtesy of Haw River Assembly

Catawba Riverkeeper Alliance

Founded in 1997 by a group of passionate citizens, Catawba Riverkeeper has since dedicated itself to championing clean, plentiful water across the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. Focusing on education, advocacy, and protection, Catawba Riverkeper runs several programs both in field and in the community to ensure the health and prosperity of their watershed.

As a Swim Guide affiliate, Catawba Riverkeeper shares weekly recreational water quality data for seven locations across the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.

Check them out on Swim Guide here.

About North Carolina’s Rivers

Originating in north-eastern North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Broad River flows over 150 miles (240 km) south, eventually meeting the Congaree River in central South Carolina. In early colonial times, the river was known as the English Broad River to differentiate it from the French Broad RIver. Now, both rivers are under the care of MountainTrue.

Aptly named after the deep green hue of it’s water, the Green River is a tributary of the Broad River. Also starting in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Green River is surrounded by deciduous forest and an incredible amount of floral and faunal biodiversity. It is a popular river for angling, with multiple record holding fish coming from the Green River. It is also a recreational hotspot, known for kayaking and canoeing.

With over 920 miles of streams, 110 miles of river, and 14,000 acres of lake, the Haw River Watershed is a vital resource for those who call it home. Contained within north-central North Carolina, the Haw River has been a vital resource for centuries for both Indigenous and settler populations. Like much of the region, the Haw River watershed is very biodiverse.

Finally, the Catawba-Wateree River Basin, which also flows from the Blue Ridge mountains southward into South Carolina, provides drinking water for over 2 million residents. The River Basin itself is 225 miles long and contains 5000 miles of waterways. The river is named after the Catawban Indigenous people who call the region home. Want to learn more about the Catawba-Wateree River Basin? Check out their interactive map here.

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