1. Water quality analysis at Batford Springs

Themes: Data and monitoring; Public engagement


  • Improve understanding of the river and the issues facing it
  • Promote the river as an educational resource

Project description

This project aims to measure the water quality of the River Lea by comparing it to a nearby spring-fed chalk stream.

At Batford Springs Nature Reserve the River Lea runs adjacent to a short chalk stream which is spring-fed.  Samples will be taken of the water from the springs, the chalk stream and the River Lea and tested for pH, temperature, phosphates and dissolved oxygen and compared between the sites.  This will allow the water quality of the river to be assessed and could potentially influence action if the water quality of the river is found to be unacceptable.


Project lead: Stan Ames, Batford Springs Volunteers
Project partners: Environment Agency, Harpenden Town Council, Academic institution e.g. a MSc student project
Funding source: TBC
Project start: Summer 2015
Project end: Summer 2016
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Taking a water sample

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