Join us in a global Freshwater Blitz to mark World water Day 2015.
FreshWater Watch will mark World Water Day on March 22 with a global Freshwater Blitz and we need you. We’re asking all Citizen Science Leaders around the world to test their local waterbodies on – or as close as possible to - March 22 and create a huge database of global water quality.
Your data are being used to identify the impact this is having on aquatic ecosystems. We know that, as water quality declines in some regions, more than 50 per cent of native freshwater fish species and nearly one third of the world’s amphibians are at risk of extinction. Your data will help us identify what is causing this.
The kind of data that you are collecting is missing in most of the world – scientists and Governments do not have the resources to collect data on this scale. So the results you are uploading to the project database will be analysed and presented to policy makers to directly improve the way in which aquatic ecosystems are being managed.
Professor Steven Loiselle, Earthwatch’s global freshwater research manager, said:
“A global blitz on research can produce highly useful data which will push us towards investigating the health of the world’s ecosystems.
“So please – wherever you are, get that FreshWater Watch kit and get out testing on March 22.”
If you can’t test a local water body on that day, how about seeing how many recruits you can sign up to the programme in the week before March 22?