A Look At The New 2022 Swim Guide Affiliates

A Look At The New 2022 Swim Guide Affiliates

Posted: December 12, 2022 at 1:54 pm

Swim Guide is fortunate to work alongside many incredible environmental organizations worldwide. This year we are excited to say that 12 new affiliates joined the platform, each working towards a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future.

Algoma Public Health

Algoma Public Health (APH) is a public health agency committed to improving health and reducing social inequities in health through evidence-informed practice.

Blue Water Baltimore

A not-for-profit organization with a mission to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities.

Coosa River Basin Initiative

CRBI’s mission is to protect, preserve, and restore one of North America’s most biologically diverse river systems, the upper Coosa River basin. We work to protect this critical watershed through the following program areas: Advocacy, Education, Restoration, and Water Monitoring.

Garden River Monitoring Hub

In the spirit of our ancestors and our Treaty, we endeavour to conduct ourselves in a manner that is consistent with the Seven Grandfather Teachings given to us by the Creator. We envision a harmonious community that is built on mutual respect that maintains a healthy balance through prosperity and well-being. Through these actions, we intend to create a self-sustaining community that fulfills the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all members.

Human Access Project

The Human Access Project (HAP) mission is to transform Portland’s Relationship with the Willamette River. Our vision is simply A City in Love with its River.

Lake Watch of Lake Martin

Lake Watch of Lake Martin is dedicated to preserving and improving the water quality of Lake Martin, the biggest lake by volume in Alabama, and its surrounding waters. Lake Watch takes a proactive approach to protect and enhance Lake Martin’s water quality by working with governmental and non-governmental organizations on water quality issues within the Tallapoosa River Basin and throughout the state.

Midcoast Conservancy

An innovative conservation organization with the mission to protect and restore vital lands and waters on a scale that matters. We achieve our mission through strategic land, water, and community programming. 

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality- Division of Water Resources

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for the protection of North Carolina’s environmental resources through science-based stewardship.  Within the Department, the Division of Water Resources oversees environmental protection and quality of the State’s surface, ground and drinking water.

Surfrider Foundation – O’ahu Chapter

The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) was created to provide critical water quality information to protect public health at the beach. Local, trained volunteers dedicate every other Sunday to collecting and taking the samples to a laboratory space located within the University of Hawaii Manoa’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory to be processed. Surfrider uses this volunteer water testing program to raise awareness of local pollution problems and bring together our community to implement solutions. Here on Oʻahu, ka kai (ocean water) is essential for cultural, economic, and recreational practices.

The Watershed Institute

Keeping water clean, safe and healthy is the heart of our mission. We work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science and education.

Watershed Association of the Tudkasegee River

WATR is a grassroots organization working to improve the water quality and habitat of the Tuckasegee River Basin. The Tuckasegee River watershed supplies the drinking water and ecosystem foundation for Swain and Jackson Counties. What happens upstream, downstream, and all around the watershed impacts all of us directly.

Winyah Rivers Alliance – Black-Sampit Riverkeeper

A nonprofit organization that protects, preserves, monitors, and revitalizes the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. We are an alliance of Riverkeepers with the goal to protect fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water for all.

We are thrilled to continuously expand the platform by working with enthusiastic and dedicated affiliates, new and existing, from around the globe. More than one-third of the beach data in Swim Guide is contributed by affiliates, including non-profit organizations, public health authorities, conservation groups, educational institutions, community associations, and dedicated community scientists. 

“The last few years have seen an outpouring of people looking to get outside and engage with our natural world; many for the first time. Swim Guide affiliates make this transition easy. By sharing information about the waterways in their regions and letting people know where and when it is safe to swim, affiliates are providing a vital service to their communities. A big thank you to our affiliates for their dedication to keeping our waters Swimmable, Drinkable, and Fishable.” – Gregary Ford, Director of Water Programs, Swim Drink Fish

“All the data you see on Swim Guide is collected by people; every description, every sample was a moment of personal connection for someone with their water. These people connect to Swim Guide through the Swim Guide affiliates. They make up the Swim Guide community.” – Or Denemark, Swim Guide and Blue Flag Coordinator, Swim Drink Fish

“Swim Guide would not be possible without all of our incredible affiliates. They are the ones with their eyes on the water who can bring beachgoers the best information about the places they recreate. We are so grateful for their collaboration.” Georgia Cross-Bermingham, Swim Guide and Blue Flag Coordinator, Swim Drink Fish

Author: Walter Cook