New river monitoring role for Peterborough RiverCare 08 April 2016

Peterborough City Centre RiverCare group are leading on an exciting new project to monitor the health of the Werrington Brook in the city. This is part of a larger river restoration project by the Environment Agency, Peterborough City Council and Peterborough Environment City Trust.

Monitoring after works are completed is something that projects like this struggle with implementing though - this is where RiverCare comes in!

Our dedicated volunteers have adopted this restored section of river and are being trained in biological recording techniques to monitor how successful the restoration works have actually been! We launched the monitoring project on Saturday 2 April with training sessions, guided walk along the river and a litter pick.

The trained group will now hold regular litter picks, check Dissolved Oxygen levels and carry out fixed point photography at key points at the site. The results will feedback to the Environment Agency and provide important scientific data that will influence future management decisions on this watercourse.

Over the next 5 years our group will measure other parameters and other stretches in the project area will need monitoring after works are completed too – so there is plenty to keep our group busy! They will need lots of help too so please get in touch if you would like to join them!