Beach Watch - Monitoring Swimming Water Quality on the River

Since 1999, Save The River's BeachWatch program has monitored swimming water quality at popular swimming areas along the River. Each summer, Save The River staff and volunteers collect water samples at the following sites:

  • Frink Park, Clayton, NY
  • Potter's Beach, Grindstone Island, NY
  • Round Island, Clayton, NY
  • Lake of the Isles, Wellesley Island, NY
  • Scenic View Park, Alexandria Bay, NY
  • Wilson's Beach, Cape Vincent, NY

Snapshot of Water Quality, Bacteria Levels

imageVolunteers collect samples for nine weeks in July and August to provide a snapshot of swimming water quality. All samples are taken to a state-certified facility and tested for E.coli bacteria levels. Test results are posted weekly at the Save The River office, Facebook, Twitter and on the mobile app The Swim Guide, www.theswimguide.org.

At high levels, bacteria can cause health problems such as rashes and gastrointestinal illness, and can be dangerous to very young and very old people, as well as those with a compromised immune system.

To learn more, read our BeachWatch fact sheet.

To volunteer, e-mail us at info@savetheriver.org.

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Beach Watch Weekly Report: Week 9
Save The River Reports on Week 9 of Beach Watch Program Clayton, NY (August 31, 2016) – Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a weekly basis.  Save The River reports all samples collected on August 29th, […] read more

Beach Watch Weekly Report: Week 8 Results
Save The River Reports on Week 8 of Beach Watch Program Clayton, NY (August 24, 2016) – Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a weekly basis.  Save The River reports all samples collected on August […] read more

2016 Beach Watch: Week 7 Results
Save The River Reports on Week 7 of Beach Watch Program Clayton, NY (August 18, 2016) – Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a weekly basis.  Save The River reports all samples collected on August […] read more

2016 Beach Watch: Week 6 Results
Save The River Reports on Week 6 of Beach Watch Program Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a weekly basis.  Save The River reports all samples collected on August 8, 2016 passed. For the 2016 […] read more

2016 Beach Watch: Week 5 Results
Save The River Reports on Week 5 of Beach Watch Program Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a weekly basis.  Save The River reports all samples collected on August 1, 2016 passed. For the 2016 […] read more

2016 Beach Watch: Week 4 Results
Save The River Reports on Week 4 of Beach Watch Program Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a weekly basis.  Save The River reports all samples collected on July 25, 2016 passed. For the 2016 […] read more

2016 Beach Watch: Week 3 Results
Save The River Reports on Week 3 of Beach Watch Program Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a weekly basis.  Save The River reports all the samples collected passed on July 18, 2016. For the […] read more

2016 Beach Watch: Week 2 Results
Save The River Reports on Week 2 of Beach Watch Program Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a weekly basis.  Save The River reports all samples collected on July 11, 2016 passed. For the 2016 […] read more

2016 Beach Watch Week 1 Results
Save The River Reports on Week 1 of Beach Watch Program Save The River’s Beach Watch Program is in the process of monitoring popular summer swimming locations on the River from July 5th through August 29th on a daily basis.  Save The River reports all samples passed in Week 1. For the 2016 sampling season […] read more

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About Us

Founded in 1978, Save The River is a non-profit, member-supported environmental organization whose mission is to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. Since 2004 Save The River has been a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.

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The St. Lawrence River is one of the largest Rivers in the world and a magnificent place to live, work and play. Save The River has been working for more than 35 years to protect the River for current and future generations.

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Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, with more than 200 local Waterkeepers patrolling rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents.


Photos from around the River

Off to the races by Pam Quimby  Resting by Pam Quimby  On the Rocks by Nick Apel  Classic Sunset by Barb Hupp  TI Park Library by Meg Kerr  Fall by Carrie Kerr  Girls by Juliane Bauer  Winter Navigation by Sherman Ward  Off on the River by Jenni Werndorf  A Seaway View by Devon Colby 
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