Connect with Fraser Riverkeeper this Swimmable Water Season!
Summer happens by the water in Vancouver so grab your swimsuit and jump in! Whether you’re training for one of our community’s many dragon boat races, trying out open water swimming for the first time, or just having a beach day with friends and family, here are five ways to connect you with Fraser Riverkeeper this summer.
1. False Creek Monitoring
Beginning July 10th, Fraser Riverkeeper will be collecting water samples with citizen scientists from False Creek’s popular recreational areas. These samples will be taken from spots not yet tested by Vancouver Coastal Health, providing beach info for a higher number of areas. The Swim Guide team, with sponsor Lush, made this project possible. Be on the lookout for the upcoming False Creek Monitoring launch. Sign up for False Creek Monitoring updates here.
2. Swim Guide
Swim Guide connects you to information about your favourite beaches including beach amenities, water quality, and beach conditions. Before heading out, use Swim Guide app to find your favourite beach or a new one in your neighbourhood to discover. Learn how to download the app here.
3. Watermark Project
Watermark Project is a community effort to collect and archive true stories about the ways Canadians connect with the water they know and love. Your Watermark describes a personal experience with water from a particular point. All stories, whether positive, negative, or neutral, contribute to helping protect waterbodies in the future. Learn more and share your Watermark here.
4. In the Community
This summer we were welcomed back by our friends at MEC Big Chop Summer Paddle Series as charity partner so catch us there every second Thursday. We also hit the beach with MEC Paddlefest last week and can be found at many more recreation events this summer. See where we will be this summer and come share a Watermark or two with us.
5. Explore Water Literacy
Fraser Riverkeeper offers Water Literacy workshops for water recreation groups, community members, classrooms, and more! Are you eager for your paddle club to learn about recreational water quality or for your business to learn how to protect and conserve drinking water? Well, whether you have rain drops or oceans of water knowledge, all are welcome to rediscover their connection to local waterbodies. Become more informed, more engaged, or, as we call it, “water literate.” Find out more or if you’re ready to take the plunge, book a Water Literacy Workshop.
Connect with us in any of these five ways to help make the most of your recreational water season. After all, recreation is at the heart of a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Fraser River. We look forward to seeing you out on the water this summer!