We are starting our second year of our Swim Guide program. The monitoring and analysis will be done by our new UNC-CH intern, Arial Lam. She introduced herself on a new video this week, that you can view at http://hawriver.org/river-talks/
We have added a few new sites this year to include boat accesses for all recreational users. Four swim beaches within Jordan Lake State Park will remain closed until July 1st, and we will start sampling at those locations once they reopen. Though some beaches are closed, the parks and river accesses that remain open will likely be more crowded.
We so appreciate you all using the app and engaging on our social media to let us know this is a helpful tool for you. If you don’t have the app yet – here is the LINK to download it .
Our first summer of Swim Guide was a success!
Our 2019 Swim Guide program was such a huge success, thanks to the support of the Clif Bar Family Foundation grant. We were able to provide two highly qualified interns with fair stipends, mileage reimbursements, and support weekly E.Coli sampling efforts at public beach accesses for fifteen weeks in the summer. With weekly posts on our social media channels, we reached over 21,000 people and had over 500 views on our instagram videos. We also partnered with the local state park staff to display flyers about our monitoring program in both Spanish and English at every state park Swim Guide site.
“Huge appreciation for you!! THANK YOU” Morgan Siem, Saxapahaw
“This is such great information. Thanks for sharing!” Anne Geer, Pittsboro
“Thank you for sharing this information.” Mariah Wheeler, Graham
Thanks to Haw River Canoe and Kayak, Frog Hollow Outdoors, and Townsend Bertram Company for their support. And thanks to the many individuals who donated to support our program!
If you have any feedback for what you liked or what could be improved in the Swim Guide program, please let Emily know at email@example.com.
Interested in supporting our 2020 Swim Guide program?
- Support mileage and stipend for qualified interns
- Help offset costs of disposable sample equipment (sterile bottles, ice, gloves)
- Printing costs for flyers at beaches