As we head into another hot weekend, Columbia Riverkeepers has an article on swimming in the Columbia that may be interesting. They say:
"Much of the Columbia River is safe for water contact recreation, but use caution. Safety is never 100% guaranteed, but there are some things you can do to help protect yourself."
Riverkeepers also publishes the Swim Guide app for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Android (2.1 or higher) that makes it easy to find and learn about your favorite swim beaches.
The app uses real time E.coli data collected by Columbia Riverkeeper volunteers to flag Columbia River beaches that are safe or unsafe for swimming, or have no data. While Swim Guide does not consider toxic pollution or other potential environmental concerns, it is a useful tool for people who want to avoid bacterial contamination.
For more information and to download the app, visit www.theswimguide.org