Appeal launched to help spot and record River Aire pollution

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A charity aiming to improve the River Aire has launched a £5,000 appeal to help build a pollution spotting tool.

The Aire Rivers Trust supports volunteers who want to monitor and restore the health of the River Aire and River Worth in West Yorkshire.

The charity is looking for funding to build an online pollution spotting tool, buy water testing kits and give expert advice on how to identify pollution and its sources along the Aire.

It aims to train local people to protect a stretch of the Aire close to them and equip them with the skills to understand what pollution looks like and common sources.

The River Aire. Photo: Mark Stevenson

A spokesperson said: “Our rivers are polluted every day and, without hard evidence, polluters go unchallenged. Funding cuts have left the Environment Agency without the necessary resources to do these detailed investigations.

“We want to inspire and empower people living and working along our beautiful river with the skills and tools to investigate and address pollution together with flytipping and litter, illegal discharge pipes, invasive plants and animals, and farm runoff.”

The crowdfunder has so far raised over £2,000 and can be found here.

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