Site Visit in Leeds to Develop Sullied Sediments Volunteer Water Sampling Activity
On Tuesday, 4 September, partners from the Canal and River Trust, University of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Council meet in at Knostrop Lock in Leeds, UK, to start to develop the volunteer water sampling activity for the Sullied Sediments project.
PhD student Samantha Richardson (pictured in the middle) presented the dipsticks that she has been developing in her lab at the University of Hull. These dipsticks will enable volunteers to detect certain chemicals found in household products in samples collected from their local waterways. This was the first time that the dipsticks were used in the field and they worked really well!
Now that Lizzie Dealey (left) and Becca Dent (right) from the Canal and River Trust have seen the dipsticks in action, they can create an engagement activity in which volunteers will learn about how their use of certain products might be having an adverse impact on the environment and help us to collect and map data about the presence of Watch List chemicals in our rivers and canals.
This was a great start to the development of this key activity, which is part of Work Package 5: Changing Citizens' Behaviour.