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Community-based Water Monitoring

Help us monitor beaches across Niagara to inform the public about when and where it is safe to swim.

For three years, the Niagara Hub has been collecting low-cost, timely, and reliable recreational water quality data for beaches across Niagara’s Lake Erie north shore, and sharing that data publicly through Swim Guide.

The Niagara water monitoring hub engages the community in citizen science, empowering people to monitor and protect their local water bodies, filling data gaps within our nearshore beach environments, and sharing that data publicly. Through the hub, people are given the opportunity to learn about and become more connected to the water in their communities.

Why does it matter?

Recreational water monitoring hubs promote water literacy

Making water quality results public means people can make an informed decision about getting in their local waters. They can see for themselves which sites meet government guidelines for water quality and decide where or when they want to go in the water.

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