WaterBlitz 2021 gives snapshot of the health of Ireland’s waterways

Dublin City University’s Water Institute and Earthwatch have today published the results of its second WaterBlitz. The WaterBlitz is a survey of water bodies; rivers, lakes, streams and ponds in Ireland, that was conducted by citizen scientists over four days, May 7th – 10th of this year.

Key facts and figures from the Water Blitz

  • 583 samples were collected over 4 days across Ireland
  • 33 of the 46 river catchments nationwide were sampled
  • 38% of streams and 20% of rivers tested for nitrates had lower quality water.
  •  26% of streams and 30% of rivers tested for phosphates had lower quality water.
  • Litter was present at 26% of sample locations in Dublin
  • Participants included 23 river and environmental groups, 17 Tidy Towns and community groups, 4 angling groups and 10 schools.

For more visit DCU website or go directly to the WaterBlitz 2021 project website.

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