Water Monitoring & Swim Guide

Let us know if you are interested in learning to be a water monitor. You can join the Swimguide team, administered by FLFR, Alabama Water Watch (AWW), and Waterkeeper Alliance. Help to prevent waterborne illnesses, making it easy for everybody to know if their swim sites are safe, or contaminated with bacteria.

Learn more about volunteer monitoring from AWW.

Become a Volunteer Monitor:

FLFR and AWW have collected over 25 years of water quality data on the Locust Fork River and now information about bacteria at swim sites will be at everybody’s fingertips through the mobile app. More monitors means more data at more sites!

FLFR currently monitors overall water quality on the Blackburn Fork tributary and on the Locust Fork River at the following sites: Taylor Ford Road, Mardis Mill, Swann Bridge, Blalock Bridge, and Crooked Shoals.

Our Partners

Swim Guide is a website and smartphone app for iPhone and Android. It helps you to easily find your closest swim site, know at a glance if it is safe for swimming, and share your love of the river with friends and family.

Swim Guide delivers free real-time water quality information for over 7,000 beaches, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and New Zealand.

Created and managed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Swim Guide can be used by any public interest club, organization, or agency to share beach information with the public.

Alabama Water Watch is a citizen volunteer, water quality monitoring program covering all of the major river basins of the state. The mission of AWW, a Swim Guide affiliate, is to improve both water quality and water policy through citizen monitoring and action.

AWW uses EPA-approved monitoring plans with a community-based approach to train citizens to monitor conditions and trends of their local waterbodies. With a “data-to-action” focus, AWW helps volunteers collect, analyze, and understand their data to make positive impacts.

Waterkeeper Alliance strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water.

Today, Waterkeeper Alliance unites more than 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates that are on the frontlines of the global water crisis, patrolling and protecting more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on six continents.

Waterkeeper Alliance ensures that the world’s Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates are as connected to each other as they are to their local waters, organizing the fight for clean water into a coordinated global movement.