Hundreds of freshwater citizen scientists took part in our autumn WaterBlitz, uploading data from sites across the Thames Catchment (UK) and Eindhoven (Netherlands). Click below to open our interactive data map - and check back soon for a full report!
The WaterBlitz is a four-day event run by Earthwatch, designed to help us find out more about the water quality of specific areas over a short period of time. We believe that we cannot truly understand what is going on in our rivers without collecting evidence that demonstrates how healthy (or unhealthy) they really are.
Most of our natural waters in Europe are suffering from pollution and other human impacts. We use data collected by you during the WaterBlitz to identify clean waters, to pinpoint pollution hotspots, and to help inform where, who, when and how remedial actions should be taken. We could never collect this much information by ourselves, so we ask you to help us. Alongside our 11th WaterBlitz in the Thames catchment area, we were also joined by citizens in Dublin and Luxembourg. A summary of the data collected is shown below.
Download the WaterBlitz Report for a scientific analysis of the data collected. We have also partnered with the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to publish an interactive map allowing the direct comparison between Thames WaterBlitz data and Environment Agency monitoring data. This map, along with relevant findings, will be shared with the Environment Agency, who will incorporate the research into their decision-making process.
Image credit: Peter White, John Hunt