Fath swam an average of about 20 miles per day, with a support crew of anywhere from 9 to 12 people taking care of the sampling, providing food and water to the swimmer, steering him in the right direction, and keeping other boats and jet skis away. An 18 – foot pontoon boat served as the science platform and support vessel, while a sit-atop kayak was used to guide the swimmer. Get a sense for the daily swim/sample routine by watching the video below (link will take you to Youtube).
Results from water samples will become available during the fall of 2017 and will be published on the http://www.tenneswim.org website. These include heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and micro-plastics. Initial results of dissolved oxygen, phosphates, nitrates, chemical oxygen demand and pH are mostly in the very good range. Visual inspection of the river further gives the initial impression of a healthy, clean waterway.
Major sponsors of the Tenneswim are the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Lyndhurst and Riverview Foundations of Chattanooga, and Sweetwater Brewing of Atlanta. Significant support was provided by the Nature Conservancy, the Tennessee Aquarium, Perkin-Elmer Laboratories, Ijams Nature Center of Knoxville, the River Discovery Center of Paducah, the University of the South and the University of Furtwangen.