Wide action on river pollution depends on wide recognition of the problem and what we can do about it. At present, fewer people report water pollution in East London than elsewhere in the country. To change this, Thames21 is developing citizen science networks in the Lower Lea Valley.
Local people will be the sentinels of their rivers, the early warning system. So far 25 people have taken part in our Water Quality Testing Training in the London Borough of Enfield. Enfield has more rivers than other parts of London, and they flow into the River Lea. Sadly they are all polluted, adding to the burden that the Lea already has to deal with. Already these river heroes have reported pollution incidents that would otherwise have been missed.
If you see a polluted river always call the Environment Agency’s hotline on 0800 80 70 60.