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COVID-19 shows us the value of clean water…but how are we going to protect it?

Every year on 5 May, the World Health organisation marks World Hand Hygiene Day.



Hello and greetings to my fellow water quality citizen science community and research orientated aficionados!

John Muir award

My son walked the length of the River Witham to earn his John Muir award. He also carried out volunteer days with the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, Rivercare and started doing water testing for the freshwater watch. He wrote an article about what he had done and it was published in the Wildlife Trust magazine.

Teaching water testing to home educated children

On the 11th March, Tomas (age 13) ran a conservation day at our local orchard where we take one of our water tests. He invited several local home educating families to join in the day. He organised the building of a "bug hotel", a litter pick and they carried out a full water test, trying out using the Secchi tube, measuring water flow speed and the nitrate and phosphate tests. The children were really interested in the testing  and we all had a brilliant day.

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Earthwatch launches a Plastic Footprint Calculator

Plastic is fantastic! It's helped us to develop all sorts of new technologies and provided all sorts of benefits to our societies. But using it for single-use items, like food containers, has created a huge global problem. Plastics are not compostable, they don't break down in our environment into something useable by our soils and water sediments, they just get smaller and smaller. Even this process can take hundreds of years, meaning we are drowning in ugly and toxic waste.