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Where Is It Safe to Swim?

Clean Water Advocates Monitor Local Rivers and Reservoirs to Inform the Public

Ashland, OR – Rogue Riverkeeper kicked off our summer sampling season, working with volunteers and partners to test water quality at popular swimming and boating sites in the waters of the Rogue. We post the results of these weekly samples on The Swim Guide (www.theswimguide.org), which is a free interactive website smart phone app. The Swim Guide provides an easy way to access up-to-date water quality information in the Rogue, Applegate, and Illinois Valleys.

Where Is It Safe to Swim?

Water quality monitoring in the Illinois River.

Jul 11, 2017

Contact: Stacey Detwiler, Rogue Riverkeeper, 541-488-9831


Ashland, OR – Rogue Riverkeeper kicked off our summer sampling season, working with volunteers and partners to test water quality at popular swimming and boating sites in the waters of the Rogue. We post the results of these weekly samples on The Swim Guide (www.theswimguide.org), which is a free interactive website smart phone app. The Swim Guide provides an easy way to access up-to-date water quality information in the Rogue, Applegate, and Illinois Valleys.

“Sampling for bacterial contamination gives us a better picture of the health of our streams throughout the summer,” said Stacey Detwiler with Rogue Riverkeeper.

Rogue Riverkeeper collects samples weekly from June through October at Emigrant Lake, Bear Creek at North Mountain Park in Ashland, Wagner Creek in Talent, Evans Creek in Rogue River, Little Butte Creek in Eagle Point, and in the Rogue River at Gold Hill and Grants Pass at Riverside Park. Every other week, we collect samples from the Illinois River at Six Mile, the Rogue River at Grave Creek, the Applegate River at Cantrell Buckley, Applegate Lake, and Lost Creek Lake. Information is also included from the City of Ashland along Ashland Creek as it flows through Lithia Park and for several sites in the Lower Rogue from the Lower Rogue Watershed Council.

“The Swim Guide provides an easy way for swimmers and boaters to check bacteria levels and make an informed decision about their plans to get in the water,” added Detwiler.

Last summer, we monitored several sites that did not meet water contact standards. Most of these sites experience high levels of recreation and are close to urban areas. Waterways that tested high on levels of bacterial contamination included Little Butte Creek through Eagle Point and Wagner Creek in Talent. With more precipitation and higher flows this summer, we expect to see lower pollution levels. We continue to monitor these sites and others to help identify pollution in our waters.

The Swim Guide utilizes water quality monitoring data from government authorities and non-profits using the same methods to determine the water quality at over 2,500 beaches in the United States and is updated as frequently as the water quality information is gathered.

 

 

 

 

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