Gathering evidence from Micker Brook
After a dry October, aqautic scientists waiting for the right conditions to take water samples along the Micker Brook finally gathered the evidence they needed on a November day of heavy rain.
The aquatic biologists from APEM Ltd are discovering what's in the water that runs off the urban landscape into the 33 km stretch of the Micker Brook, a tributary of the River Mersey. This is the first part of a project that involves testing the water in the the Micker Brook, part of which is known as the Ladybrook. The 33km stretch of river runs through Hazel Grove and Bramhall then through Cheadle Hulme and Cheadle before it meets the River Mersey. Several teams of APEM's water quality specialists were out along this stretch in the rain, all at the same time to make sure the conditions were similar. The Healthy Waterways Trust was with them on the day.
The Micker Brook project received a £26,840 grant from Catchment Wise, a fund established by water company United Utilities to help catchment hosts like the Healthy Waterways Trust deliver water quality schemes.
In the second part of the project, the Healthy Waterways Trust has been engaging with locals in various ways, based on the scientists' findings.