New FreshWater Watch App

Dear FreshWater Watchers,

We are pleased to announce the release of a new version of the FreshWater Watch app. The app is only available to FWW members and contains some significant updates to both the design and function of the app. The updates are intended to make the app more intuitive and user-friendly, and to reduce the potential for bugs to creep in to the system.

We recommend that all users install the latest version (version 4 for iOS users and version 3.0.11 for Android users).

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.

Earthwatch launches 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.

Winter 2019 Project Update

FreshWater Watchers may have noticed a couple of new things have sprung up in the last couple of weeks.

Fisherman Investigates Murky Waters

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.

They walk among us: The rise of citizen science

Earthwatch’s Global Freshwater Research Manager, and Lead FreshWater Watch Researcher, Professor Steven Loiselle features in the international science journal ‘environmental SCIENTIST ‘. 

Citizen science: great investment for scientists and agencies

FreshWater Watch research shows that citizen scientists can provide a high return on the investment made in training and feedback. 

FreshWater Watchers detect eutrophic conditions across the Americas

Study of FreshWater Watch water quality data from 150 streams in North and South America find nutrient levels exceeding threshold for eutrophication in 86%. These were associated to catchment and local scale conditions observed and recorded by citizen scientists in the FreshWater Watch.

  • Ian and Tracy in the studio

FreshWater Watch Rules the Radio Waves

The subject of fresh water dominated the airwaves as radio stations spoke to Earthwatch’s Dr Ian Thornhill and primary school teacher Tracy Guild during a morning of dedicated interviews.
On the penultimate day of World Water Week, Ian and Tracy spoke to 18 radio stations across the UK about water pollution and educating our citizens of the future about fresh water. Interviews were aired from 1 – 7 September and reached 3,018,000 listeners.

  • Professor Loiselle speaking at World Water Week (centre)

A citizen science revolution?

At World Water Week, our lead research scientist Professor Steven Loiselle, spoke at numerous seminars to share the achievements of you, our FreshWater Watch citizen scientists, with leaders and experts in freshwater research and protection.

The UK triumphs in the FreshWater Watch Olympics

The UK topped the leaderboard in the first FreshWater Watch Olympics with more than 100 FreshWater Watch gold medals collected in just two weeks. Hong Kong came in second with India close behind in third.