Surveying the Waterway Environment for Pollution Threats (SWEPT) was a citizen scientist project grant funded by NRW that recruited, organised, and trained volunteers to collect environmental data within the Milford Haven Waterway in Pembrokeshire. Monthly surveys between November 2018 and March 2019 saw over 100 volunteers walk 46 individual intertidal stretches where they recorded all freshwater inputs to the main waterway and tested a sub-set for levels of nitrates and phosphates using Kyoritsu PackTest kits.
SWEPT’s results are being used to better understand the effects of land run-off upon the marine environment, and to lead to environmental improvements.
The primary objective of the water quality citizen science project was to gather data and look at the effects of nutrient pollution from land run-off on the marine environment. It proved to be hugely successful, both in terms of the involvement of volunteers and the acquisition of useful data. So much so, that it won the National Park Protector Award 2019 from the Campaign for National Parks.
This event will see SWEPT’s project lead, Sue Burton (Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation Officer) give a detailed presentation about how SWEPT was organised, its results, and what has happened since including plans for the future. There will be opportunity for a Q&A session as well as online ‘chat’ questions during the event.
10:00 Introduction to event - Sue Burton / PCF
10:10 SWEPT – where it came from, how it was run, results – Sue Burton
11:00 Regulations update - WG/NRW tbc
11:10 Use of results and applicability to the marine environment - Anne Bunker
11:50 Event wrap-up