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Oxford Rivers WATERBLITZ

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Come down to Port Meadow on Friday 18th June and be part of this historic event to monitor and protect Oxford’s rivers!

We know very little about levels of bacteria in rivers, despite these organisms being indicators of sewage and agricultural pollution, and being potentially harmful to swimmers, rowers, and other river users.

In one of the first events of its kind in the country, volunteer citizen scientists will be sampling across an entire river catchment in a single day, generating a 24 hour snapshot of the health of our rivers.

The data collected will reveal where river pollution is coming from, how long it lasts and what areas should be targeted first to clean up and stop sewage spills and agricultural run-off.

Water samples will be collected by roving teams of volunteer citizen scientists, whereas at our central base in Port Meadow, you can watch sampling demonstrations, chat to representatives and scientists from Thames21, Thames Water, the Rivers Trust and the City Council who are involved in protecting and researching our rivers.

The data will also contribute towards Oxford’s bid to be only the second ‘bathing water river’ in the country. This designation will protect and improve the Thames in the City. Come along and learn how you can stand up for rivers, and get involved with the local campaign for a protected bathing water area.

If you would like more information, please email claire.robertson@thames21.org.uk



June 18
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Claire Robertson


Port Meadow South
Walton Well Road
Oxford, OX2 6ED United Kingdom
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