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Welcome to Swim Guide, Snake River, Idaho!
June 1, 2015

We have good news Idahoans.

The Snake River Basin is now on the map thanks to Buck Ryan and the crew at Snake River Waterkeeper.

What a stunning place to have on Swim Guide, running under all that Idaho sky. The Snake River is a powerful river. It travels through six US states and is the largest tributary feeding the Columbia River. It is also very steep, making the Snake River one of the US’s most important hydrologic resources.

The river’s majestic qualities have supported communities in Idaho for centuries. Unfortunately the advancements the river has provided to those living and working on its banks have not been easy on the river. Hydroelectric dams, natural resource extraction, development, industrial and agricultural pollution, and wastewater discharges have crippled the Snake River.

The Snake River Basin means a lot to Idahoans, who count on it for their heritage and depend on it for their livelihoods. It means a lot to the people who travel from all over to see its beauty. And it certainly means a lot to Buck Ryan who works full time to protect, restore, and celebrate its waters.

Buck Ryan and the Snake River Waterkeeper volunteers monitor 110 sites on the iconic Snake River and on the Salmon River.Now, thanks to their efforts data from the Snake River Waterkeeper monitoring program is now available on Swim Guide. Consider this time last year there wasn’t even a Snake River Waterkeeper.

The Snake River water quality monitoring program has two major jobs. The first is to gather and to share data about the health of the Snake River’s waters in order to address the water qualities issues in the Basin. The second is to share easy to access information on 110 places to float, wade, paddle, and of course, swim on the Snake so that people can make the most out of what the Snake River Basin has to offer. Impressive.

A hearty welcome to the Buck Ryan and everyone from Snake River Waterkeeper. It’s great to have you, Idaho!

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.

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.

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

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