Schools urged to get involved in ‘Rivers as Ecosystems Water Campaign’

A new citizen science pilot project, launched by GLOBE Ireland, is seeking the help of school pupils and teachers in examining the health of Ireland's rivers.

The 'Rivers as Ecosystems Water Campaign' will run during April 2023 and the team is asking 20 schools (open to senior primary classes and secondary schools) to get involved. Students will be making important observations, taking water samples, testing water quality and recording results (pH, temperature, nitrates and phosphate levels), and learning about the wonderful diversity of species that depend on our water bodies for life.

From a group water scheme perspective, the pilot project is an opportunity to raise interest and awareness about water quality among the next generation of GWS members. The NFGWS is encouraging GWSs to ask schools in their supply areas that are situated close to a small stream or river to great involved and please register interest now here:

Equipment, instructions, and resources will all be shared with schools in advance of the project. Results from the project will be shared with the EPA and Local Authority Waters Programme.

GLOBE Ireland is part of the international GLOBE Program (NASA sponsored International Science and Education Program) and sponsored by the Irish EPA. If interested schools have any questions on the project, they can email

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