• 10,000 FreshWater Watch samples

10,000 Water Quality Tests for FreshWater Watch

Earthwatch is celebrating its FreshWater Watch programme reaching the 10,000th water quality measurement taken by one of hundreds of citizen scientists around the world.  

  • Credit: Robert Ingle, Hands with scrub, Flora and Fauna International

Microbeads Banned in New York

Buffalo, NY, Erie County, New York State

FreshWater Watch partners in the USA, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, has achieved a big win for fresh water, by banning the tiny beads that you may find in your own home.


  • A video by FreshWater Watch Citizen Scientists

“I am a Citizen Scientist” video highlights the joy of our volunteers

FreshWater Watch citizen scientists from across the globe have combined to create a video showing how much they love being part of the global project.

Citizen scientists from Asia, South America, North America, Europe and India have all contributed to make the fun video in which they demonstrate what they love about citizen science and show off some of their funky moves.

New Impact Report Launched

The partners in the HSBC Water Programme have launched a report to highlight the impact of the programme since its launch in 2012.

The 25th World Water Week conference in Stockholm was the venue for the launch. It includes highlights from work by Earthwatch, HSBC, WaterAid and WWF around the word.

Click on the link below for an interactive, online version of the report.

HSBC Water Programme Impact Report

Inclusivity through sign language in Curitiba, Brazil

FreshWater Watch has run its first Citizen Science Leader training day for HSBC employees with hearing impairments, in Curitiba, Brazil.

The training day - which took place in Curitiba’s Botanical Gardens, in May - saw 20 new Citizen Science Leaders (CSLs) trained, including seven with hearing impairments. CSLs learnt about the importance of preservation of water resources, gained knowledge about water challenges, and were trained to evaluate and classify the water quality of rivers and urban streams.