Emerging contaminants of concern
We have collected 12 months of water samples from the River Chess to look at chemical content.
River water samples were collected entirely by our citizen scientists between July 2022 and June 2023.
Once collected, our water samples were sent off to Imperial College London who can identify concentrations of up to 200 chemicals, some of which are on the EU Water Framework Directive Watch List.
Eight sites were sampled along the River Chess from Chesham to Rickmansworth, including one groundwater source within Latimer Meadow.
As part of this work, we also deployed passive samplers into the River Chess in June and November 2022, for one week at a time at nine different locations.
Passive samplers are 3D printed dots used to detect the presence (not concentrations) of up to 2,500 chemicals in the river.
The passive samplers absorb all chemicals within the river during their deployment, and will hopefully show us seasonal differences between dry (June) and wet (November) periods.
Citizen scientists at work
Since this study started in summer 2022, we’ve had some incredible dedication shown by our citizen scientists in the collection of the water samples from both urban and rural locations – some requiring distance walking all while carrying a long-handled dipper stick!
We can’t thank each of them enough for their efforts.