Call for volunteers: Swim Guide goes year-round!

Swim Guide season lasts from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which is peak swimming, boating, and fishing time, however we know people get out on the water all year round. That’s why we’re excited to announce that for the first time we will be extending Swim Guide all year long!

Sound Rivers just completed our fifth season of Swim Guide, monitoring recreational water quality at more than 50 locations to keep everyone informed and safe while recreating in our rivers and streams this summer.

Starting Oct. 27, Sound Rivers will be conducting monthly water-quality monitoring at 13 public access recreational sites across the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse river basins. Sites will be located in Raleigh, Clayton, Kinston, Oriental, Greenville, Washington and Chocowinity. You can expect to see a monthly text alert and an updated map at soundrivers.org/swimguide with results, just like during the summer. Weekly sampling will resume at the larger network of sample locations on Memorial Day 2023.

Not only will this year-round Swim Guide monitoring effort provide recreators with water quality information beyond the summer, but this will also provide us the opportunity to monitor how water quality changes over the course of the seasons and additional information from sites that have historically had failing results.

We are looking for volunteer water quality samplers — if you are located in an area where we will be conducting sampling, and would like to volunteer, reach out to jill@soundrivers.org.

Want to know what sampling entails? Watch the video below!