Swim Guide

Have you ever visited your favorite spot on the Cahaba and thought “is it safe to swim?” Cahaba Riverkeeper has got you covered! We monitor water quality all summer long on the Cahaba River. Water samples are collected every Thursday from May to September and analyzed in our on-site lab for water quality and bacteria. Findings are posted across our social media channels, website and the Swim Guide app to educate the public so they may make informed decisions before swimming, boating, and fishing on the river!

Swim Guide 2024 Results

WEEK 9 RESULTS – July 11th, 2024

High E. coli: IN RED

 Moderately High E. coli: IN YELLOW


Map Legend: Green=Low E. coliYellow=Moderately High E. coliRed=High E. coliGrey=No Current Data

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DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. All sites monitored are natural waterbodies and contaminants are present from a wide variety of sources! Local conditions fluctuate, sometimes dramatically, and especially after rainfall events. The results displayed above are only representative of the exact time, date and location at which the sample was taken and do not represent the water quality between sampling events or at other locations nearby on the river. Users of these data should not assume that a “low” E. coli level means that it is necessarily safe or risk-free to make contact with the water. E. coli is not the only contaminant of concern for recreational users and is used merely as an indicator of potential fecal contamination. Cahaba Riverkeeper, Inc., their employees, and agents can provide no guaranty of water safety and, as such, the user assumes all risks associated with the use of these data and swimming in the Cahaba River Basin.