Our mission

is to advance our understanding of the parasites responsible for causing  Swimmer's Itch with the goal to provide relief in an ecologically friendly and cost-effective manner.


Freshwater Solutions, LLC was started by Ron Reimink to facilitate work with lake associations in Northern Michigan to reduce swimmer's itch, while striving to make breakthroughs in research that could revolutionalize the way we treat swimmer's itch. Ron has over 40 years of experience working on swimmer's itch research and control.


University of Alberta; Dr. Patrick Hannington


Dr. Patrick Hannington and Freshwater Solutions, LLC collaborate closely on all aspects of swimmer's itch research and pioneered the use of qPCR to accurately measure swimmer's itch parasites in the water.

View Dr. Hannington's website » 


 Biomeme invited Freshwater Solutions to become a Select Partner and are currently working together to field validate a hand-held qPCR unit that promises to revolutionize the way swimmer's itch risk is measured. 

See the Biomeme website 

Biomeme has also recently created a guide to eDNA website with lots of useful information. You will want to learn more here:

Biomeme eDNA website


2019 Public Presentations

May 4: Michigan Swimmer’s Itch Partnership Presentation at Crystal Mountain

May 13-17: Canadian Society of Zoologists Convention at The University of Windsor

May 21: Benzie Conservation District Watershed Coalition

June 10: Black Lake Association

June 19: Leelanau Clean Water Symposium

June 28: Lake Charlevoix Association