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A Warm Welcome to the Coosa Riverkeeper
May 21, 2015

Alabama- The River State. It’s a well deserved, though not well known, alias. Over 124,000 km of rivers and streams crisscross the state. Another of Alabama’s unsung qualities is that its waterways house more freshwater biodiversity than any other state in the US.

Alabama also stands out in the US for having lost more aquatic life to extinction than any other state.
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Who’s sharing the beach with you?
April 29, 2015

Finally. Spring. The water is more or less ice free. From Florida to the Maritimes on the east coast, and from Baja to Haida Gwaii in the west the beaches are waking up under the increasing sunshine. Who doesn’t want to head back to the water?

Spring is a great time to reconnect with our favourite beaches and swimming spots. And humans aren’t the only ones flocking back to the coast. This time of year is a particularly popular time for our extensive shorelines as animals are on the move (and in the mood).

As we head back down to the seaside this spring it’s important to remember to share the beach.
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So Long and Thanks for all the Fish
March 19, 2015

March Break is in full swing. To help you make your winter escape a water conscious one, we’ve been publishing a Swim, Drink, Fish series. Each piece provides you with helpful hints so you can help keep the waters at your winter destination swimmable, drinkable, fishable.

Last week we focused on what you can do to keep your holiday waters swimmable and drinkable.

This week’s topic: FISH
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Water, Water, Everywhere…
March 12, 2015

Sea, Sand, and Sun. That pretty much sums up the perfect winter getaway.

Leading up to March Break we are publishing a Swim, Drink, Fish series. Each piece will provide you with helpful hints to ensure your winter getaway respects and protects swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

Last week we focused on what you can do to keep your holiday waters swimmable.

This week’s topic: DRINK
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Is your sunny getaway harming the beaches you love?
February 27, 2015

For most North Americans, including us here at the snowy Swim Guide headquarters in Toronto, a mid-winter seaside vacation is irresistible.

Taking a trip to somewhere warm and salty is very popular, especially with people from temperate countries (Travel Weekly reported that in 2013 alone, the Caribbean welcomed more than 25 million visitors). It should come as no surprise that tourism makes up a huge percentage of the economies in tropical areas.

But how do we help ensure that our travels do not result in significant and irreversible damage to the swimmable, drinkable, fishable water at our vacation spot? Local populations need clean water to drink, to swim, and to fish. As guests it is important we understand local water concerns and minimize our negative impact on the marine environment.

Leading up to March Break we will be publishing a Swim, Drink, Fish series. Each piece will provide you with helpful hints to ensure your winter getaway respects and protects swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

This week’s topic: SWIMMING

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