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Eco Council Monitors Water Quality at Treheath Estate

The Eco Council deserves recognition for their recent environmental conservation efforts. Led by Mr. Jones, the group embarked on a visit to Treheath Estate to measure water samples from the stream, focusing on Total Dissolved Solids and Phosphate levels. This activity will be repeated four times a year as part of their involvement in the Citizen Science scheme for Westcountry rivers.

The primary objective of this initiative is to educate and engage individuals, particularly the students, with the importance of the water environment. By actively participating in data collection and analysis, the Eco Council members gain firsthand knowledge about the factors affecting water quality. This hands-on experience fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation for the natural world.

The Citizen Science scheme also aims to produce valuable data that can be used to target specific conservation efforts and identify areas where water quality may be deteriorating. By monitoring and documenting changes in water composition over time, the Eco Council can contribute to scientific research and support evidence-based decision-making in environmental management.

Moreover, the project serves as an early warning system for pollution events. By regularly assessing the water quality, the Eco Council members can swiftly identify any deviations from the expected levels, enabling prompt action to address and mitigate pollution incidents. This proactive approach helps minimise the potential harm to the local ecosystem and protect the overall well-being of the water environment.

An equally important aspect of the initiative is the creation of a network of catchment communities that are actively invested in their local environment. By involving the Eco Council students in this project it helps foster a sense of responsibility and ownership for the preservation of natural resources. Through their participation, these young environmentalists become ambassadors for environmental stewardship, inspiring others to take action and make a positive impact on their surroundings.

The efforts of the Eco Council at Treheath Estate exemplify the power of grassroots environmental action. By engaging in regular water quality monitoring, these students not only contribute to scientific knowledge but also cultivate a sense of environmental awareness and responsibility. Their dedication sets a commendable example for other schools and communities, encouraging active participation in the protection and conservation of our precious natural resources.