Since FreshWater Watch began in 2012, citizen scientists have collected data from their local ponds, streams and rivers. Their combined efforts have contributed to important research about the global threats to freshwater ecosystems, and the effectiveness of different water management interventions at local, national and international scales.

From the drivers of anthropogenic waste along the shorelines of the Great Lakes, to phytoplankton blooms in China and Brazil, almost 20 freshwater research publications have now been accepted in scientific journals.

Five years of FreshWater Watch
Read how this long-term collaboration between individual volunteers, corporations, governments and researchers has created lasting impact in dealing with freshwater and biodiversity, waste, agriculture, pollution, innovation, awareness and urbanisation.


Science Summaries

We have produced a series of science summaries to help you discover more about the research your samples contributed to. Simply click on a topic below to download a bite-sized Science Summary!

None of this research would have been possible without the commitment of FreshWater Watchers around the world. If you’d like to find out about this research in more detail, you can download a special edition (until November 2017) of the journal Science of the Total Environment, featuring ten new FreshWater Watch publications.