On July 24th, Swim Drink Fish will be joining forces with 150 RBC employees in a water sampling blitz at the Toronto Waterfront. RBC employees will sample the water at 8 locations along the waterfront. 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.