Posts tagged "Great Lakes"

Posted: July 4, 2019 at 10:56 am

In 2016 the Toronto Monitoring Hub began publishing data to Swim Guide for the first time from sites along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Toronto, Canada. Since then hundreds of volunteer citizen scientists, have helped to sample the Toronto shorelines and ensure that the water quality results are available on Swim Guide. Swim Drink Fish …

Posted: October 29, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Swim Guide and Swim Drink Fish are excited to announce two new positions as a part of our newest program, the Great Lakes Communities Monitoring Initiative. About the Great Lakes Communities Monitoring Initiative The Great Lakes Communities Recreational Waters Monitoring Initiative is a four-year demonstration project to engage underserved communities in water quality monitoring, data-sharing, …

Posted: August 3, 2018 at 10:29 am

Every summer we start out with a long list of things we want to do: take a road trip, go camping, have a bonfire, and of course, go swimming. But as summer speeds by sometimes it’s hard to check everything off our summer wishlist. The August long weekend is the perfect opportunity to take a …

Posted: June 12, 2018 at 9:10 am

It is with great pleasure we welcome our newest Swim Guide affiliate, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh! Operating out of the Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), UW OshKosh has been actively involved in Wisconsin’s Great Lakes beach monitoring program since 2003. Having expanded in recent years, the beach monitoring team now includes inland sites as …

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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: December 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm

December 2, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River beach water quality met government standards 76.5% of the time in 2015, says a new report from Swim Guide ( This is an improvement over 2014, when water quality met standards 72.5% of the summer. The results come from Swim Guide, the …

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Posted: September 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm

On 17 August 2014 two hundred swimmers made their way to Toronto’s Centre Island to participate in the second annual Toronto Island Lake Swim. In the days leading up to the race social media was abuzz with the question “Are we really going to swim in Lake Ontario?” While most of the excited pre-race chatter …

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Posted: June 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Shawn Micallef in the Toronto Star writes a lovely tribute to Toronto’s famed nude beach (one of only two in Canada). Swim Guide is the source for his water quality information:This beach is a revolutionary rebuke of the uptightness that long dominated Ontario and Toronto. Hanlan’s Point may be the barest expression of freedom we …

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Posted: June 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

NY1 profiled Swim Guide when it launched in New York. The video is no longer available online, but here’s part of the teaser:Nationwide it’s just about that time, school’s out time, aka beach time for many families. But with stories so often on the news about garbage, bacteria, all sorts of unsavory stuff washing up …

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Posted: June 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

The Paramus Post covers Swim Guide’s launch in California, with quotes from the Russian Riverkeeper:“Is it safe to swim? That’s the question we get asked most by the public”, stated Don McEnhill, Executive Director of Russian Riverkeeper. “Although our answer is always yes, now people can see the data right on their phones so summer …

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Posted: March 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

The average American loves beaches, spending about 10 days per year by the water. The US EPA doesn’t want to pay to monitor beach health anymore, and has announced that it will cut millions of dollars in annual funding beginning next year. There are 3.5-million people getting sick each year after swimming in polluted waters, …

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Posted: February 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Right when we are gearing up for Swim Guide’s first full summer at U.S. beaches, the Environmental Protection Agency announces it will eliminate a key government program that helped fund beach water quality monitoring at thousands of beaches across the country. The cutback would kick-in during 2013 and could mean an end to water quality …

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