Our first water sampling activity will be tested with volunteers in December
On 4 December, we will be trying out our water sampling activity for the first time with volunteers from the Canal and River Trust (CRT). The pilot will take place at Knostrop Lock, located on the Aire and Calder Navigation in Leeds. The purpose of the pilot will be to run through the sampling activity, which uses our test dipstick and bespoke app (which records the water quality results), and get their feedback on how the activity works and what improvements we can make.
On this occasion, the volunteers are coming to us from CRT's Towpath Taskforce - a network of volunteers who help look after the Trust's waterways. These volunteers take on a range of tasks including lock-painting, hedge-planting, weeding gardens, litter-clearance from land and water, repairing towpaths and much more. So, for our purposes, they are an ideal audience with whom to trial this activity.
Once the volunteer activity has been refined, we will be rolling it out across CRT's volunteer network and then into the other catchments via our partners in Germany and Belgium. This pilot is therefore an important milestone in this programme.