Get to know the waters around you by embracing community-based science. Community-based water monitoring hubs empower communities to monitor their local waters and share the results in real-time through the Swim Guide app.
It all started with the Toronto Hub. For decades, concerns had been rising about pollution in the Toronto Harbour. Sewage in the water was keeping the community from swimming, fishing and enjoying the Lake Ontario waterfront. Using community science, Swim Drink Fish created the Toronto Hub in 2016 to give people the tools and knowledge to routinely monitor their water. This very first hub taught us the special power of helping communities restore and protect places they love — and that it’s part of our shared responsibility.
The Toronto Hub and other Swim Drink Fish hubs are part of a larger group of recreational water monitoring hubs across the Great Lakes region. Thousands of community-based water monitoring hubs collect and share water quality samples from the tip of Lake Superior to the mouth of the Ottawa River. These hubs provide a timely and vital service for their communities and are breaking down the barriers to make science, and access to it, truly inclusive. Could your community benefit from a water monitoring hub?