Posts by Brigitte Dreger-Smylie

, Swim Guide Editor
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm

There are few environmental organizations that have found a way to grow public enthusiasm for science-based programs. Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance (PWA) is one of the few that have figured it out. Through their programs, which have grown to encompass a range of human health and environmental monitoring elements, PWA has not only sparked national media interest, but also …

 
, Swim Guide Editor
Posted: June 28, 2016 at 9:16 am

Huge, pristine lakes. White sandy beaches. And some of the clearest water in Canada. You might not have guessed – but I’m talking about Manitoba beaches. Manitoba – the land of 100,000 lakes – is home to so many great beaches, Buzzfeed wrote an article about it. Grand Beach on Lake Winnipeg has been called one of …

 
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Posted: June 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Citizen scientists are addressing a number of California’s growing watershed challenges through grassroots efforts around the state. There is perhaps no place this is more true than with the Yuba River Waterkeeper, the Sierra Nevada’s first-ever waterkeeper. Here, a number of issues call for the support of citizen scientists: a growing population is putting increasing pressure on …

 
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Posted: June 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

The Santa Ana River is the largest river in Southern California. Stretching 154 kilometres through the region, the river snakes through many diverse habitats. Starting from the high peaks of mountains in the north to the hot, dry interior of the basin, it empties into the Pacific in flat coastal plains in the West. The …

 
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Posted: February 8, 2016 at 10:55 am

Not even 30 years ago, the future of the Buffalo River was anything but bright. But through the hard work and dedication of the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the health of the Buffalo River has improved dramatically – and we’re so proud to work with an affiliate like this. Welcome Buffalo Niagara …

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Posted: February 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm

At a time when our news is fraught with doom-and-gloom stories about water quality and climate change, Mobile Baykeeper is keeping the tone light. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed when it comes to the environment, but it is hard to feel as though we can truly effect change. What can we do to combat …

 
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Posted: January 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

Only last week, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper launched the Watermark Project, a digital archive of water stories collected from people around the world sharing their most powerful water memory. At first glance, the Watermark Project may seem wholly separate from Swim Guide: watermarks are stories of our watersheds, while the Swim Guide shares hard data. But …

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Posted: December 16, 2015 at 10:13 am

This group isn’t quite like the rest. Sure, +POOL has conducted intensive water quality monitoring for the past two summer seasons at four sites along the Hudson River in Brooklyn. And yes, they test for a spectrum of things, including enterococci, pH, and turbidity. But it’s why they’re collecting the data that’s so unique: +POOL …

 
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Posted: November 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

As the Northern Hemisphere braces for winter, the Southern Hemisphere begins to heat up, including the beautiful New Zealand. It’s a familiar experience: tall trees shake off the crunchy, brown remnants of a long winter as vibrant green shoots begin to stretch their way towards the light. Birds and animals peek out of their burrows, …

 

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