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.
On 23 August 2021, we sampled the entire 124 km length of the Wharfe and you can read the report here. It describes data from samples collected from becks running into the Wharfe between Bolton Abbey and Ilkley. The high values of E. coli in the becks shows that agricultural sources of faecal bacteria are the main cause of the elevated concentrations of E. coli in the main river on that day.
You can also take a look at the clips here from 2020, especially the fly down the Wharfe.