A team of volunteers is now routinely monitoring water quality on the Culm, thanks to the Connecting the Culm project and the Westcountry Rivers Trust Citizen Science Investigation (CSI) scheme.
The scheme is designed to enable communities, groups and individuals to monitor their local waterways for both environmental and water quality parameters. The hope is that by carrying out regular, monthly surveys people will develop a better understanding of the river environment and the threats to its health. The data is also incredibly useful to aid our understanding of the state of our rivers, and we are currently working on a scorecard system for each water body.
On the Culm we will be able to use the data to inform catchment improvement works and to connect with the residents of the Culm valley. We have had an incredible response from the community where there are many passionate voices and advocates of the river with great enthusiasm for a healthy environment for both the wildlife and the people to enjoy. So far, we have 17 volunteers signed up to Westcountry CSI surveying 19 sample points dotted around the catchment. This number is growing weekly but the more the better so if you are interested in joining the effort to monitor the Culm then do please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.