On July 10th, Swim Drink Fish will be joining forces with 30 Canon Canada employees to sample the water at 3 sites along the Toronto Waterfront. The event is part of the Canon Canada Branch Out Program, an environmental initiative that provides employees the opportunity to give back to the community they work in. By using the power of citizen science, this event helps to fill the gap in recreational water quality in Toronto. It also helps support the Toronto Water Monitoring Hub for the summer of 2019.
The Toronto Water Monitoring Hub is part of a new citizen science project that is testing recreational water quality in public waters. In 2018, Swim Drink Fish received a grant from Environment and Climate Change Canada to help bring low-cost, reliable water quality monitoring to swimming and recreational water sites on the Great Lakes.
The Toronto Hub engages with citizen scientists to help sample the water at popular recreational water sites. The sites in Toronto were chosen because they are not tested by Toronto Public Health, yet are vulnerable to contamination, particularly from sewage. Swim Drink Fish’s water sampling results are publicly available through Swim Guide and the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper website. The availability of the water sampling results ensures that the public has up to date information on water quality before they head out to their favourite spot along the Toronto Waterfront.