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Kes' First WaterBlitz!

My name is Kes, and I started at Earthwatch in July of this year as a research assistant in the Freshwater team. Earthwatch has been running the FreshWater Watch programme for over 8 years and has run many WaterBlitzes before, but this was my first one. It was an exciting one to start with, as it was the first Earthwatch had run in multiple locations at once. Between the 20th and the 23rd September, willing volunteers in Paris, Dublin, Luxembourg and the Thames Valley got out and about, sampling their local rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and even wells.

  • sewage after clean up green Lane recreation ground public open space

Sewage spill Hogsmill Sewage works Green Lane Recreation ground

Thames Water blitz prep

It's a few days before the big Thames WaterBlitz and I'm really excited to see the results for my catchment! I have wanted to survey my local rivers for a long time as, I know further water quality improvements could be made, either from less public litter pollution or nutrient pollution from land run off or storm drain overflows.

FreshWater Watch meets Riverfly Monitoring: Fisherman investigates murky waters in Oxfordshire, UK

In early 2016, one of our current citizen scientists, John Pratt, sought advice from the UK’s national Environment Agency to explain why his local River Evenlode had turned increasingly murky in the summer months over the 27-year period that he had been fishing there. John decided to do something about what he saw, and has written about his experiences.

1,200 FreshWater Watch samples in 2019 - and more to come!

2019 has been a busy year for FreshWater Watch so far, with over 1,200 samples collected from 32 catchments in 15 different countries. FreshWater Watch scientists and research partners from across the world have published seven new research papers, all of which have taught us something new about the fresh water environment and the ways we as humans interact with it.