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Water Quality Monitoring Network

The Angling Trust Water Quality Monitoring Network was launched in May 2022 as part of our Anglers Against Pollution campaign to engage anglers and angling clubs in better understanding pollution issues on their waters.

The initial pilot project focussed on the River Severn catchment and was rolled out nationally just two months later. It now has support of over 100 clubs.

The findings from water quality tests taken by club volunteers will help the Angling Trust hold the government to account, ensuring it lives up to its rhetoric on improving our environment and meeting its own legal responsibilities, and support local initiatives to restore our rivers to a healthy state.

The initiative is supported financially by Orvis UK and APTUS tackle and the “Big Yellow Boxes” are supplied by Flambeau Outdoors. If your club would like to get involved, please contact [email protected]

This brief outline of the Water Quality Monitoring Network (WQMN) explains the rational behind its launch, what’s included in testing, and how the data will be used:

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Volunteer resources

 

All volunteers who sign up to the WQMN through their angling club receive a Joining Email with all the information they need to undertake their water quality monitoring. These include:

Volunteer Pack:

The Volunteer Pack includes all the instructions on how to undertake a water quality sample and how to record the results in Epicollect.

CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER PACK

 

Angling Trust Code of Practice for Staff, Officials and Volunteers:

All WQMN volunteers need to adhere to the Angling Trust code of practice.

CLICK HERE FOR CODE OF PRACTICE

 

Risk Register:

Volunteers are asked to undertake a risk assessment before their first sampling session and to send it to [email protected]

CLICK HERE FOR BLANK RISK REGISTER

CLICK HERE FOR EXAMPLE RISK REGISTER

 

Manual Record Sheet:

This manual record sheet is a backup for volunteers in case the Epicollect app isn’t working.

CLICK HERE FOR MANUAL RECORD SHEET

 

Viewers Pack:

Clubs and other organisations can nominate Viewers who can access the WQMN dataset. This pack provides instructions on how to access the WQMN data in Epicollect.

CLICK HERE FOR VIEWERS PACK

 

How To… Videos:

All of the How To… videos produced by Cardiff University are available on YouTube.

 

Volunteer Zoom Meetings:

Regular Zoom Meetings help to keep volunteers up to speed with developments in the WQMN and are an opportunity to ask questions and share best practice.

CLICK HERE FOR RECORDING FROM NOVEMBER 2022 ZOOM MEETING

 

Other Useful Resources

 

Phosphorous Information Sheet

Prepared by Cardiff University on behalf of the Wye Catchment Collaborative Monitoring Network, this short guide for citizen scientist explains the different forms of phosphorous and how they relate to water quality monitoring.

CLICK HERE FOR PHOSPHOROUS INFORMATION SHEET

If you want to know more about the Water Quality Monitoring Network contact [email protected]

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