Help test the water of the river Frome

July 08 2021
Help test the water of the river Frome

A CHARITY is calling on people living near the river Frome to become 'citizen scientists' and help it check the health of the water.

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust will be running its annual WaterBlitz event this weekend and aims to collect as many samples as possible from the rivers, streams and lakes of the Bristol Avon catchment to help gain a snapshot of water quality.

The charity says the quality of the water is vital both for wildlife and human users of the river.

BART will supply free water testing kits to volunteers, which will measure nutrient levels in a water sample taken from the river, at an event on Saturday July 10, from 10am to 2pm, at Oldbury Court Estate.

George Clark, BART Project Manager, said: “Rivers and streams are the arteries of our planet but they face serious challenges. Within the Bristol Avon catchment we often see nutrient pollution entering watercourses and degrading these important ecosystems and impacting the species that inhabit them. Therefore it is increasingly important to carry out monitoring and work together for rivers.”

“The WaterBlitz is a great opportunity to get back outside after months of lockdown and connect with your favourite local river or newly discovered stream. Volunteers can take an active, and socially distant role in scientific monitoring, helping us understand the water quality issues in our communities and help us protect our precious rivers.”

The charity says that in high concentrations nutrients can impact the local and may indicate pollution or issues with land management, sewage outfalls or urban pressures.

The results of the survey will help BART target its conservation work.

To find out more visit bristolavonriverstrust.org/event/bristol-avon-waterblitz-2021.

Picture: Testing nitrate and nitrogen levels, courtesy of BART