Webinar: Communicating the State of Your River – Basin Report Cards & the Swim Guide

In this recorded webinar, we present two different approaches to clearly communicate the state of your river and basin with various stakeholders, including recreational users. River Basin report cards can descrie the health and state of waterways to the public and local officials. We will discuss a new guide for practitioners looking to develop report cards, and share some examples of how report cards have been used.  The Swim Guide is an app that organizations can use to share water data, in order to communicate the quality of waterways to potential users and officials. This session discusses the basics of the Swim Guide and how it has been used by organizations around the country.

This webinar was hosted by the Urban Waters Learning Network with support from the U.S. EPA and the Pisces Foundation.


  • Emily Nastase, University of Maryland Center for Env. Science Science Communicator
  • Gabrielle Parent-Doliner, Swim, Drink, Fish Canada Project Manager
  • Heath Kelsey, University of Maryland Center for Env. Science Program Director


  • Adam Griggs, River Network

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