A drive under which angling clubs can test the quality of their own waters has been launched to combat pollution.
The Water Quality Monitoring Network (WQMN), which is part of the Anglers Against Pollution campaign, will arm clubs in the Severn Catchment with the equipment to measure many variables, including the levels of phosphates in their waters. It aims to build a bedrock of data to help paint a clearer picture of the threats our waterways face, as Kris Kent from the Angling Trust explained.
“Anglers are passionate about the places they fish and have long been working on the preservation of freshwater habitats,” he said.
“The WQMN aims to harness the power of clubs to determine the quality of water across England and better understand the factors affecting water quality. This will aid solutions to improve water quality, and provide the Trust with evidence to support campaigns.”
While the WQMN will initially be in the Severn Catchment, plans are in place to extend the scheme to other areas in England and Wales.
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