Riverfly Surveying

Riverfly Surveying

Since 2013 the LCSP has provided the means to professionally train and equip volunteers to carry out regular aquatic invertebrate surveys on Lincolnshire’s chalk streams. The surveying is part of a national initiative by the Riverfly Partnership whom, have in the past, provided the professional trainer. We currently have over 40 volunteers regularly monitoring the health of their own bit of chalk stream.

About the Riverfly Monitoring Initiative (RMI)

The Riverfly Partnership spearheads an initiative to allow interested groups to take action that will help conserve the river environment. This initiative provides a simple monitoring technique which groups can use to detect any severe perturbations in river water quality and puts them in direct communication with the local Ecological Contact of the Environment Agency (EA).

The Riverfly Partnership Riverfly Monitoring Initiative :
• enables an informed dialogue on the biological water quality of the rivers with the EA
• ensures that severe falls in water quality are highlighted ensuring early action by the EA
• acts as a deterrent to potential polluters
• builds a long term dataset for the rivers

The monitoring scheme, used alongside routine monitoring by the EA ensures that water quality is checked more widely and action taken at the earliest opportunity should any severe perturbations be detected. Further, the monitoring initiative acts as a deterrent to incidental polluters. Successful schemes are underway within catchments in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
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