July 25th is the first ever Swimmable California Day. The California Legislature has proclaimed Swimmable California Day to recognize Californians’ rights to coastal areas, beaches, estuaries, rivers, streams, and lakes that are clean and safe for swimming and other activities.
Baykeeper is joining with our nine fellow California Waterkeeper organizations and with our statewide association, the California Coastkeeper Alliance, to celebrate healthy California waters and the regulations that protect them.
Even if you can’t get out on the Bay on July 25th, you can celebrate by entering the Swimmable California Day photo contest throughout the month of July. Show us how you swim, surf, stand-up paddle, kayak, dive, canoe, float, fish, and frolic in the waters of San Francisco Bay and its tributaries.
Take a photo of yourself, friends or family enjoying San Francisco Bay and upload it by July 31 to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtags #SwimmableCA and #SwimmableSFBay. California Coastkeeper Alliance will announce a grand prize winner on August 1, as well as top entries for best swimmable pet, best swimmable youngsters, and wettest photo.
Swimmable California Day encourages Californians to enjoy our waters that are clean and safe. We can all help make the waters safer by identifying and reporting polluted waterways. You can find out which local Bay and ocean beaches are safe, and report pollution, by downloading Baykeeper’s free Swim Guide app at www.theswimguide.org.
Photo by Jeff Russell