River Guardians Scheme Launched
The Mersey Rivers Trust launched a pilot of its River Guardians citizen science programme in Cheadle Hulme with a training session for local volunteers on Thursday 24th March 2016.
The River Guardians are all drawn from the local community and will monitor and record water quality in two small streams in the Cheadle Hulme area as part of a wider project to improve the water quality of the Micker Brook.
The first group of River Guardians, who attended the training session on Thursday 24th March, brings together local volunteers and members of staff at the Cheadle Golf Club who will monitor water quality in a number of locations including the small stream that flows across the golf course.
The River Guardians will take regular samples of small quantities of stream water and will test for a range of parameters including nitrate, phosphate and acidity. The work of the River Guardians, and the data collected, will enable the Mersey Rivers Trust to generate a detailed picture of water quality and help to identify water quality trends within the Micker Brook catchment.
During the training session held at Cheadle Golf Club, staff from the Mersey Rivers Trust introduced the volunteers to the work of the Trust, which covers the whole Mersey basin. Specialist training in water quality monitoring techniques was provided by the Stockport-based firm of aquatic scientists, APEM Ltd.
Caroline Riley, Partnership Manager at the Mersey Rivers Trust, said: "The Mersey Rivers Trust is delighted to launch the River Guardians scheme in Cheadle Hulme. The data collected by our local citizen scientists will help us to build up a picture of water quality in these streams and to develop future projects to improve them. We hope to learn from this pilot project in Cheadle Hulme and introduce the scheme to other areas of the Mersey basin".
The River Guardians scheme forms part of a programme of activities currently being delivered by the Mersey Rivers Trust and its partners in the Cheadle Hulme area.