Citizen Science – Thames Waterblitz

This year the contractor is taking part in the EarthWatch Thames Water Blitz. This is a citizen science campaign to collect as many water measurements as possible, over a short period of time, across the River Thames catchment area. Earthwatch Europe has been running bi-annual WaterBlitzes for seven years, including in Sweden, Italy, France, Ireland and Luxembourg.

Volunteers collect hundreds of measurements over one weekend, to provide a snapshot of water quality. The WaterBlitzes are free to take part in, quick and simple to do, and the data that gets uploaded can be used by scientists to identify any pollution hotspots, track pollution events, and find out about the health of our freshwater bodies.

During WaterBlitzes, volunteers measure nitrate and phosphate levels using fun, simple testing kits, and record some observations about the area being measured. The whole process takes less than 15 minutes and will provide scientists with invaluable data about our favourite freshwater spots.

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