We live in such a lovely part of the countryside within easy reach of the dramatic Jurassic Coast. Spending time on the beaches either here or on holiday and swimming in the sea is enjoyable but have you ever noticed brown scum and soapy bubbles when on the beach?
The pollution problems of rivers and the sea have been getting worse over the last two or three years. This is because water companies are discharging raw sewage into the rivers. Pollution occurs when their sewage works can’t cope with the increase in house building and flooding. Agricultural runoff is another cause. This has a bad effect on river plants, fish, insects, and us.
Citizen Science is a term used for projects where individual volunteers take and test samples once a month. It is not necessary to have previous scientific or research training. When you sign up you will be given advice, help and kit (for a small donation). With our many tributaries of the River Brit flowing through Beaminster and nearby you may be interested in joining in this research.
This allows scientists to accomplish research objectives more readily than would otherwise be possible. In turn this can put pressure on the government to bring back prevention legislation. Water Companies and farmers have to comply. Sampling points in our area are, Lambrook at Whithay Lane, R. Brit at Netherbury, Stoke Water at Norton Lane, and R. Brit at Prout Bridge.
Why not sign up for river sampling? Read up about the problem on websites Report on any pollution you spot to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60