Waterkeeper swim guide app= safe dip in open water

If you've ever thought it would be nice to take a quick dip in a lake, river or in the Sound but wondered if it is clean enough to get in there's a great app to let you know for sure. If watching your child wade through something floating on top of the water at your local beach sends chills down your spine it might be a necessity to survive summer. The app also gives you the power to report pollution when you find it.

Puget Soundkeeper news -by Chris Wilke On a sweltering summer afternoon there is nothing more refreshing than jumping in the water, especially if its a natural body of water like Puget Sound or one of our many lakes or rivers. It is exhilarating, refreshing and rejuvenating. It connects us to a primal experience and it reminds us of just how important water is to all life. Water is so powerful that we often feel good just by being next to it, and faced with the opportunity, we might even convince ourselves that we don’t really need to get in. But I recommend we do get in. Having faced this decision numerous times I don’t always get wet, but when I do, I never regret it. Sadly, jumping in the water also carries with it a calculation – is it clean enough? There are certainly waterways around the country, and some locally, where swimming is not advised. It is however our right to expect that every one of our waterways are protected for this basic purpose. This is why we launched the Waterkeeper Swim Guide app with other Waterkeeper organizations around North America. The Swim Guide helps us check up on our local beaches and review the status. It also allows us to report pollution problems to our nearest...

 

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