VattenFokus (WaterFocus) is our citizen science observatory that consist of volunteers, politicians, scientists local and regional government representatives and others. Together we test water quality and collecting data about our lakes and streams to monitor the health of these water sources.
VattenFokus is part of Ground Truth 2.0, a three year EU financed project that is working with setting up six citizen science observatories in real-world conditions in different parts of the world. The water quality measurements performed by the volunteers aided by modern tools, internet and mobile phones, will complement the existing systems, processes and data sources, which will lead to an improved natural environment.
Since the beginning of the work with VattenFokus two major water measurements have been made. Both in Flens municipality. Flen water flash that was carried out in autumn 2017 and the work that Group Dunkirk has done for a long time.
Flen Vattenblitz 2017 was a campaign to collect as many water quality samples as possible in Flens Municipality during the weekend of September 30 – October 1. During this period, 51 samples were taken by 39 participants in lakes (55%), streams (25%), ponds, city reservoirs and smaller streams. The purpose was to get an overview of the water quality in lakes, ponds and watercourses in the municipality. By taking samples of the water quality for a limited period, the researchers can get a snapshot of both good and less good water quality and thereby be able to draw conclusions about where the sources of pollution are.
With the help of the FreshWater Watch app and some testing tools you can test the water quality in lakes and streams. The water quality is tested by measuring or assessing the following parameters:
Water quality, nitrate, phosphate, turbidity, water level
The Group Dunkern is interested in finding out the water quality in Lake Dunkern, and the watercourses Rölån and Vadsbroån.