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We monitor the water quality at various beaches in Vancouver every week!
Find out how we have expanded our monitoring program.
Sep 11, 2019
As Swim Drink Fish has grown and evolved over the years, artists have become guides for exploring our vision of a world where communities can swim in their local waters without risking their health, drink the water flowing from their taps without fear of illness, and where fish and wildlife thrive and prosper in their natural environment.
Sep 4, 2019
By Emmalee Biebl & Julia Pepler
As summer draws towards an end, many of us at Swim Drink Fish have been reflecting on the mild weather Vancouver has experienced over the last few months. Previous summers of extreme heat and little precipitation caused many forest fires, visible in the city by a constant haze of smoke. Even with the milder weather this year, beach closures in Vancouver are still too frequent.
Aug 16, 2019
By Katie Moore & Emmalee Biebl
Scientific topics can be daunting and at times exclusive to experts of the field. However, when citizens are given the opportunity to engage in scientific literacy, they can access resources and tools to think critically about the information they are receiving and make informed decisions about the world they live in. A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine emphasizes that when nonscientists are able to contribute to a field of science, it encourages deeper learning, engages participants with real data, and can be a tool to facilitate large scale research. Essentially, citizen science is a great way to increase scientific literacy among the general public.1