Citizen scientists requested to participate within the 2022 WaterBlitz

The 2022 WaterBlitz hosted by DCU’s Water Institute is going down from seventh – tenth October 2022 together with EarthWatch Europe.

The challenge, kindly sponsored by Good Dublin, Dublin Metropolis Council and the Native Authority Waters Programme, encourages members of the general public to check the water in rivers, lakes, streams and canals so {that a} snapshot of the well being and state of Eire’s waterways may be taken.

The purpose is to empower residents to collect data on the standing of water our bodies nationwide, celebrating the cleanest water our bodies and figuring out air pollution hotspots.

Tidy Cities teams, river and canal clear up teams, environmental teams and any neighborhood organisations that care about our pure waters, are invited to participate. 

DCU will construct on this work and monitor many extra rivers and waterways this 12 months with the assistance of citizen scientists. The survey is straightforward to do and the information collected will assist direct conservation motion.

The 2019 and 2021 editions of the WaterBlitz discovered excessive ranges of litter in our waterways, significantly within the Dublin space.

How to participate

Any group can register to be a part of the Irish WaterBlitz. They are going to obtain a free testing package within the submit. Over the 4 days, they’ll coordinate to check the water in as many locations as they like and enter their outcomes on the Freshwater Watch app.

DCU’s Water Institute will produce a report from the info collected that can give a snapshot of native water high quality. This report can be despatched to all volunteer teams.

What’s measured within the Waterblitz?

Citizen scientists participating within the WaterBlitz will take a look at for the vitamins: nitrate and phosphate. These vitamins are the commonest pollution in European waters. 

They’re additionally requested to look at algae, land use and ranges of litter at their chosen waterway.

Nitrates present in water are sometimes misplaced from fertiliser unfold on the land. When washed into our watercourses and waterbodies, they’ll trigger a technique of eutrophication, which leads beforehand wholesome lakes or rivers to turn out to be choked with algae, severely depleting water-dissolved oxygen, ensuing within the elimination of different types of aquatic life.

Phosphates are generally present in water following the usage of fertilisers and detergents. They will additionally come from home sewage and are a significant supply of water air pollution. Like nitrates, phosphates encourage the expansion of algae.

Talking concerning the challenge, Dr. Susan Hegarty stated

“When residents monitor the standard of their native water our bodies, they contribute important details about the well being of our waterways and assist the understanding of environmental pressures. The worth of this can’t be underestimated.

We now have a restricted quantity of freshwater on this planet – this water is a useful useful resource which is more and more beneath menace, and but is significant for all times on Earth. What I like concerning the WaterBlitz is that it allows folks to measure vitamins of their native river, stream, pond or lake. That native measurement is then in comparison with different measurements within the area, and nationally, to construct an image of the well being of our waterways.”

Liz Gabbot from the Maigue Rivers Belief, who took half within the 2021 WaterBlitz stated

“Participating within the WaterBlitz gave the Maigue Rivers Belief the boldness to launch our personal citizen science freshwater monitoring challenge. We’re very grateful for the superb help from the DCU Water Institute.

I’d extremely advocate getting concerned. The sampling could be very simple for anybody to do.”

Thomas Carolan, Neighborhood Water Officer with the Native Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) stated

“LAWPRO is delighted to be supporting the WaterBlitz this 12 months. It is a improbable alternative for native communities to find out about their native water our bodies and the significance of excellent water high quality for biodiversity and our well being and wellbeing.”  

About DCU Water Institute

The DCU Water Institute is a centre of excellence in water analysis. It really works in partnership with stakeholders throughout academia, trade, company and society in its analysis to develop options to nationwide and world water-related issues.

It specialises in expertise developments throughout science, engineering and laptop science domains with robust communications focus and coverage and enterprise drivers. These areas are mirrored in its tutorial members, who come from all 5 schools of DCU.

About Earthwatch and the WaterBlitz

Earthwatch’s mission is to have interaction folks worldwide in scientific area analysis and training to advertise the understanding and motion essential for a sustainable atmosphere.

The WaterBlitz is a FreshWater Watch exercise for the entire neighborhood. The info collected by tons of of individuals over this identical time interval offers a comparable snapshot of water well being inside a area.

The WaterBlitz has run in Eire, the UK (within the Thames Valley and Bristol Avon catchment areas) France, Luxembourg, Italy and Sweden.

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