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.
FreshWater Watch Olympians collected water samples, blogged and spread the word about the freshwater challenge to win medals for their countries.
Many FreshWater Watchers shared their experiences and questions on the blogs, with one of the smallest FreshWater Watch countries, Jersey, coming in fifth with the most silver medals won with their thought-provoking blogs. Some of our favourites include:
Eric started a discussion on how to stay motivated as a citizen scientist sparking lots of comments all recommending taking friends and family water testing.
Martyna shared information on how to know which plastic bottles can be recycled.
Ray shared how more than 100 HSBC employees helped give Lake Erie a facelift.
India won the most bronze medals for sharing blogs on social media and raising awareness about FreshWater Watch.
Thanks to all our FreshWater watchers, by taking action to research and protect freshwater you are helping raise the profile of one of the biggest modern environmental challenges.
FreshWater Watch is the first citizen science project of its kind to research water on a global scale. As there has been a 300% rise in phosphates in our fresh water around the world and 4.5 billion people are predicted to be living in water scarce regions by 2050 it is vitally important that we understand more about the health of our water and how to improve it.
FreshWater Watchers have collected more than 15,000 waterquality samples, something that would have taken scientists more than 11 years.
Behind the scenes, our scientists have been analysing your water samples data, and we'll be announcing the highlights of your research soon.
You can see the final results of the first FreshWater Watch Olympics here.