Organisation: The Rivers Trust
Type: Technical Support & Training
A water quality monitoring workshop was held on 25th February 2020 to share experiences and learn about citizen science and field staff water quality monitoring methods.
Simon Browning (Senior Data & Evidence Officer – Westcountry Rivers Trust), Tim Harris (Microbiologist) and catchment partnerships shared experiences of planning and managing water quality monitoring initiatives, including sampling and analysis of nutrients, FIOs and standard water quality parameters. The resources are shared below.
Planning and Managing a Water Quality Monitoring Programme.
Summary of water quality monitoring equipment including relevance of parameters, accuracy and sensitivity, ease of use and cost.
An overview of cartographer and example score cards and visualisation methods.
Bacterial water quality (Faecal Indicator Organisms) – regulations, analysis, aseptic sampling protocol and result interpretation.
Pros and cons of commonly available analysis techniques and interpretation of results including worked example from the Lake District.
CaBA partnership experiences of delivering water quality monitoring programmes.
The related resources below provide further support to CaBA partners interested in water quality monitoring.
Water Quality Training: These resources are designed to help you access and analyse existing water quality data, for example, from the Environment Agency’s WIMS database and to show what sort of information can be obtained from different types of water quality monitoring data. There are also resources to help you plan future collaborative monitoring strategies including a template water quality monitoring planner adapted from the PRAGMO approach.
Citizen Science: Further guidance specific to citizen science initiatives including a collection of useful links, contacts, technical references and case studies which other CaBA partnerships have used and shared.