There’s a huge amount of interest in our rivers – and citizen science can determine the state they’re in:
Campaigners believe their work could lead to real change in the water quality of British rivers and beaches by raising awareness of problem pollution areas. According to a report by the Environmental Audit Committee, England’s rivers are “in a mess”, contaminated by “a chemical cocktail” of sewage, agricultural waste and pollution.
The Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) trains citizen scientists to take samples legally and safely.
Teams of citizen scientists like these in Modbury are given suggestions for testing sites by the Westcountry Rivers Trust
Today’s Inside Science on Radio 4 gathered a panel to talk further about what data is being collected – and what can be done about it:
River health has captured the public imagination, particularly as overspills from sewers have been getting more attention in the media.
Meanwhile in the Sid Valley, there is a very active citizen science project at work – also working with the Westcountry Rivers Trust: