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Help protect your local river

Save the date - Spring Water Watch 2nd - 9th April 2023

Water Watch is a nationwide survey that takes place every spring and autumn to help us assess the overall health of our rivers by recording what we observe in and around them.

Between Sunday 2nd and Sunday 9th April 2023 you can take part in Spring Water Watch by spending just 15 minutes observing your local river and completing our survey

This nationwide health check will help us understand the scale of threats and challenges our waterways face which require urgent attention, to develop and implement effective solutions – before it’s too late.

How to Get Involved

Step 1

Head to any waterway between Sunday 2nd April and Sunday 9th April. It can be a river, canal, stream, estuary or lake.

Go alone or take your family, friends or even your pets! It doesn’t matter how you do it, it just matters that you do it.

Step 1

Head to any waterway between Sunday 2nd April and Sunday 9th April. It can be a river, canal, stream, estuary or lake.

Go alone or take your family, friends or even your pets! It doesn’t matter how you do it, it just matters that you do it.

Step 2

Spend just 15 minutes observing your surroundings.

Step 2

Spend just 15 minutes observing your surroundings.

Step 3

Record your findings in our survey, using our app (App Store, (Google Play) or via our Online Form.

Step 3

Record your findings in our survey, using our app (App Store, (Google Play) or via our Online Form.

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FAQs

Observe and visit during daylight hours for best visibility.

If you need help finding a waterway, click heredo a Google search or look for a waterway near your location on Google Maps.

You will need to sign up and login to the Planet Patrol app ready to complete your survey.

Get the Free App

Make it easy to record and submit your findings on the go with the FREE Planet Patrol app.

Available for iOS and Android.

Our waterways are in crisis

Just 16% of waterways in England, 65% in Scotland and 46% in Wales meet the criteria for good ecological standard. 0% of surface water bodies have met the criteria for achieving good chemical status.

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‘What Lies Beneath’ will be the most comprehensive people-powered data collection activation of its kind – and we need your help!

You don’t need a scientific background. Your involvement will give us the insights needed to push for more ambitious standards for water quality across the UK.

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