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Evidence and data to inform
decision making
Michelle Walker and Lucy Butler
The Rivers Trust
Importance of data and evidence
Empowering people
with knowledge
Developing a common
understanding
Collaborative
decision ...
CaBA Data Package
80+ datasets in the CaBA Data Package
Examples of Key Datasets
Ecological Status
Water Quality Issues
Pollution Incidents
Flood Risk from Rivers
Surface Water F...
Open Data Portal Online http://theriverstrust.maps.arcgis.com/
Collaborative evidence sharing
Shared Information Platforms http://arcg.is/2lHwU8O
River Soar: Opportunity Mapping and
Prioritising Actions
http://arcg.is/1T7pmZ6
Citizen Science: Local knowledge, data and evidence
Citizen Science Resource Pack
http://bit.ly/CaBAmon
www.catchmentbasedapproach.org/volunteer-monitoring
Haltwhistle Burn
River Watch Volunteers
Monitoring rainfall, river levels, flood
events, water clarity, water quality
Shar...
Urban Pollution Monitoring
Trained volunteer task force
Respond to lower impact pollution incidents where EA
unable to att...
Identify misconnection hotspots
Test for man-made optical brighteners commonly found in
washing detergents
Paper or linen ...
Litter monitoring
Water quality monitoring
http://www.thames21.org.uk/project/thames-river-watch/
Riverfly Partnership
~ 100 partner organisations
Standard simple monitoring protocol
Volunteers take and analyse a kick
sa...
Freshwater Watch
Global programme
Volunteers monitor key water
quality parameters
Scientists analyse the results
and provi...
Turning information into action
Targeted tree planting based on multiple opportunities
Water Quality Catchment Assessments
WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE APPROACH https://youtu.be/R1RZ76otayc
Priority areas for catchment-
based flood risk interventions
Areas suitable for restoration or
creation of wetland
Mapping...
Sharing best practice http://bit.ly/CaBATools
York Observatory Water Quality Recorder:
http://arcg.is/2jmBQRZ
Submitting your data
York Observatory River Photo Map:
htt...
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Data evidence citizen science

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How data and evidence is used for managing river catchments, and how citizen science can provide valuable data.

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Data evidence citizen science

  1. 1. Evidence and data to inform decision making Michelle Walker and Lucy Butler The Rivers Trust
  2. 2. Importance of data and evidence Empowering people with knowledge Developing a common understanding Collaborative decision making Targeting resources and driving action Evaluating success
  3. 3. CaBA Data Package 80+ datasets in the CaBA Data Package
  4. 4. Examples of Key Datasets Ecological Status Water Quality Issues Pollution Incidents Flood Risk from Rivers Surface Water Flood Risk Fisheries data
  5. 5. Open Data Portal Online http://theriverstrust.maps.arcgis.com/
  6. 6. Collaborative evidence sharing
  7. 7. Shared Information Platforms http://arcg.is/2lHwU8O
  8. 8. River Soar: Opportunity Mapping and Prioritising Actions http://arcg.is/1T7pmZ6
  9. 9. Citizen Science: Local knowledge, data and evidence
  10. 10. Citizen Science Resource Pack http://bit.ly/CaBAmon
  11. 11. www.catchmentbasedapproach.org/volunteer-monitoring
  12. 12. Haltwhistle Burn River Watch Volunteers Monitoring rainfall, river levels, flood events, water clarity, water quality Sharing observations via social media, mobile apps, website Used to design runoff management plans and improve flood models
  13. 13. Urban Pollution Monitoring Trained volunteer task force Respond to lower impact pollution incidents where EA unable to attend Adopt a suspected polluting outfall and take a weekly survey to identify signs of pollution e.g. sewage fungus Enable EA and Thames Water to trace misconnections
  14. 14. Identify misconnection hotspots Test for man-made optical brighteners commonly found in washing detergents Paper or linen is dipped into water and tested at the side of the river using a small UV torch, this takes less than 30 seconds Identifying Misconnections
  15. 15. Litter monitoring Water quality monitoring http://www.thames21.org.uk/project/thames-river-watch/
  16. 16. Riverfly Partnership ~ 100 partner organisations Standard simple monitoring protocol Volunteers take and analyse a kick sample in the field Riverflies used as an indicator of water quality to identify pollution issues http://www.riverflies.org/
  17. 17. Freshwater Watch Global programme Volunteers monitor key water quality parameters Scientists analyse the results and provide feedback Water Blitz days provide valuable overview of a whole catchment on a single day https://freshwaterwatch.thewaterhub.org/
  18. 18. Turning information into action
  19. 19. Targeted tree planting based on multiple opportunities
  20. 20. Water Quality Catchment Assessments WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE APPROACH https://youtu.be/R1RZ76otayc
  21. 21. Priority areas for catchment- based flood risk interventions Areas suitable for restoration or creation of wetland Mapping Ecosystem Services http://bit.ly/SevernESS
  22. 22. Sharing best practice http://bit.ly/CaBATools
  23. 23. York Observatory Water Quality Recorder: http://arcg.is/2jmBQRZ Submitting your data York Observatory River Photo Map: http://arcg.is/2jUlyk0
  24. 24. Thankyou for listening

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