Boston Spa is known for its beautiful River Wharfe and walks along its banks. However, like a lot of rivers in the UK, they have their problems and we are trying to highlight the problems and promote the solutions. We are therefore working with other green groups along the Wharfe to raise awareness about river water quality. The project is called “iWharfe: improving water quality in the River Wharfe from Oughtershaw to the Ouse”. Click here for details.
The crowd-funding of £3,000 for Phase 1 of the project has been achieved. However, new funds will be needed for Phase 2 and the target is £10,000. Click Here to Donate.
iWharfe day was 24 August 2020 when we sampled the entire 124 km length of the Wharfe. It went incredibly well. Although river levels were high, we had a wonderfully warm and pleasant day, just 24 hours before the passage of a storm track that dumped copious amounts of water on the Wharfe catchment and massively changed the flow of the river.
It will be a while before we collate all the results, but we do now have the team A data from the ALS Labs in Coventry on the _E. coli_ and intestinal enterococci counts from all sites. It needs a little time to digest them, but at first glance they are quite intriguing! We’ll be putting together a brief provisional report quite soon. Team B data on nutrient chemistry and suspended solids will come quite a bit later.
In the meantime, take a look at the clips here, especially the fly down the Wharfe.
See also Panorama’s The River Pollution Scandal for the state of the rivers nationally and featuring the River Wharfe in Wetherby.
What You Can Do
If you see any discharge, take photos, note the day and time and report it to the Environment Agency on their hotline number 0800 80 70 60.