Robert Courts, MP for Witney and West Oxfordshire, took an active part using the free kits provided to volunteers as part of the Thames Waterblitz.
He met with other ‘water blitzers’ from BBOWT and the Windrush Against Sewage Pollution group to collect water samples at Combe and Witney from the River Evenlode and River Windrush respectively.
He tested these for levels of phosphates and nitrates – key aspects of water quality where high levels cause problems for wildlife. Results can help identify pollution sources or, even better, rarer clean water spots potentially offering refuge for species that are highly sensitive to water quality.
“It’s incredibly important that as we look for action, as we want to see our rivers in a better state, and our environment in a better state, that we have a good scientific understanding of what’s happening in order that we know what it is we have to do,” said Mr Courts.
“Remember how important our rivers are and get involved with your local groups because there’s a great deal you can do to help.”