Thanks to funding from the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership, BART will be working with 8 Riverfly monitors, 5 community groups, 5 schools and 5 farmers to monitor chemical water quality in their local rivers throughout the catchment over the next year.
This monitoring is testing for phosphates and nitrates with the global research project Freshwater Watch. Although naturally occurring in our rivers, concentrations of these elements can be increased by both agricultural and urban run-off and can lead to harmful algal blooms which strip waterbodies of oxygen and result in fish kills. Some of you may already have conducted Freshwater Watch monitoring as part of the hugely successful WaterBlitz 2016 event but this is a further opportunity for people to monitor phosphates, nitrates and turbidity in their local river. This biological and chemical monitoring will provide invaluable data to pick up local issues and aid us in directing future conservation work to improve our rivers.
This project is funded by the Environment Agency as a continuation of the Bristol Frome Pollution Project completed last year on behalf of the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership. The aim is to maintain focus on improvements within the Bristol Frome and it’s tributaries which will lead to improved ecological status.
This project will focus on two main areas:
- Farm advisory visits
- Follow up visits to previously visited farms
- An inventory of future capital farm improvements
In-stream habitat improvements
- In stream habitat improvements by BART with local community assistance
- An investigation into improving the upper reaches of the river for the benefit of wild brown trout.
- An investigation of structures having an impounding effect on the river and those that are barriers to fish migration.
In-stream habitat works will take place from 20th-24th February and the 27th Feb-3rd March. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with our Project Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org