Following last years Public Affairs PAL meeting presented by the Fresh water habitats trust the Cheshire federation became a partner group of clean water for Wildlife in spring 2016.
Members who attended the meeting expressed an interest in taking part in the Clean Water for Wildlife survey. The survey will test for polluting nutrients (i.e. nitrate and phosphate) in different water bodies in the countryside, i.e. streams, ditches, ponds, lakes. Only rivers are routinely tested for these pollutants by the Environment Agency, and there is currently a dearth of information about the water quality in smaller water bodies, which actually provide habitat for a greater variety of wildlife, and more endangered species, than rivers and lakes combined.
Volunteers will help deliver the project through testing the water quality of different water bodies in their local area (from garden ponds, to streams, ditches, rivers, etc). The test kits are easy to use and are free. They take just a few minutes to complete and the resulting information will form the basis of a ‘State of Freshwater’ report, and will be used as a campaigning / lobbying tool to clean up the UK’s freshwaters.