On the 5th June, the Maigue Rivers Trust was delighted to have Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn, lecturer and freshwater research scientist from UCD’s School of Biology and Environmental Science, visit the upper reaches of Loobagh River in Kilfinane to train-the-trainers on how to teach freshwater biomonitoring to citizen scientists. The aim of all of us who care for our waterbodies is to grow the team of people across Ireland who want to monitor the water quality status of our streams and share our findings. In Ireland, our streams make up around 75% of all water channels and all these streams flow into our rivers, lakes and then estuaries and seas. These streams are extremely valuable and essential but they are vulnerable to pollution and they need to be monitored and protected for the survival and benefit of every living being. For years scientists all over the world have used the presence and abundance of river fly larvae, snails, worms and..
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Citizen Science Blog - Why Volunteer to Help Our Rivers? Rivers need our help.Rivers help us every day.Nature-based volunteering is good for our health and well-being.Volunteering will keep our rivers healthy for us, for wildlife, for our communities and for our children in the future. So why volunteer to help our rivers? It’s simple, helping our rivers helps us too. Civilisations throughout history were built around rivers, so many towns, villages and cities of today are centred around them. For example, the towns of Kilmallock and Croom are found on the Maigue River. Rivers provide us with a bounty of food, energy, transport, drinking water and leisure activities. They collect rainwater and transport essential nutrients, and they even carry away pollutants that wash in from land. Rivers are life-giving arteries filled with the fresh water that supports our landscapes and wildlife, keeps our crops and livestock hydrated,..
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