Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring in Killarney National Park
Poor water quality is an issue which affects vast numbers of people across the world. The United Nations has called for increased public participation in scientific research, to benefit professionals, the public and the planet. Citizen science has gained significant attention in recent years as the scale of environmental issues surpasses the monitoring resources currently in existence and has been suggested as a cost-effective means by which we can increase the scale of monitoring for the Sustainable Development Goals. If we hope to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 we must first ensure that the public play a significant part in the management and monitoring of their local environment. On March 22nd, as part of World Water Day, 28 citizen scientists from St. Brendan’s College, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland will be participating in a water quality monitoring event organised by UN Environment GEMS/Water and global organisation Earthwatch. The water quality in various rivers and streams within Killarney National Park will be investigated by citizen scientists passionate about helping to protect water quality. Citizen science aims to make sure that no-one gets “left behind” in the complex debates and decisions that are necessary to create a healthy and sustainable future for our environment.
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Organization: UN Environment GEMS/Water, Earthwatch

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