Safe to Swim

Problem Statement

It remains awkward to answer the simple question of "can we swim at the beach?" – this despite an incredible wealth of water quality information for Lake Champlain. The VT Department of Health has a very informative tracker, but it is nearly unusable on mobile devices. We need to be able to access a user-friendly application from any device that gives people real time information about whether the beach they want to visit is safe to swim in.

Project Summary

The original suggestion for this project came from a casual conversation with BTV Ignight and the City of Burlington.  There are a number of resources that already try to address this problem, but the ones I've seen fall short of an elegant, comprehensive solution:

It is likely that the necessary data may be readily available.  The UVM Rubinstein school is another potential source of reliable on water quality data.  With some coordination and effort this could be mapped and quickly prototyped.