Members from some of the groups which make up the Falmouth Green Corridor (Prislow Woods Community Project, Swanpool Forum, Friends of Tregoniggie Woodland and Plastic Free Falmouth) have joined the Westcountry Rivers Trusts’ Citizen Scientific Investigation Programme.
The programme relies on volunteers to monitor water in their local area, to feed back information to the trust. Until now Falmouth has had no volunteers taking samples, so this is a really positive step for the community in Falmouth, and for the Westcountry Rivers Trust.
The individuals participated in training from representatives of WRT, which was a very informative and enjoyable day learning about varying water quality, the causes of bad water quality, and what we can all do to improve the quality of our local watercourses. This was followed by training in how to use various equipment to measure turbidity, temperature, dissolved solids, and Phosphate.
The participating groups now have testing kits from WRT, and will be able to monitor the Bickland stream at specific points between its course at Kergilliack and its outlet at Swanpool Beach. This monitoring will give us vital data on the water quality at different times of year and in different areas, and will lead us to information regarding where problems occur and how we can improve any issues with water quality.
Alongside this, it will provide the Westcountry Rivers trust with information that will support their ongoing work protecting streams and rivers in the South West.
Keep an eye on our website to find out how were getting on with the monitoring.
For more information on the Citizen Scientific Investigation programme, and how to get involved, visit wrt.org.uk