The Clean River Kent Campaign has 4 weeks to raise £1,500 to support a volunteer-led citizen science testing programme through to October 2022.
The evidence collected will be used by the group to campaign to make the River Kent, Cumbria clean for water-based recreation and to protect wildlife.
Carole Wood, Kendal resident and Chair of South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC), explains that: “Cleaning up our rivers is vital part of securing a sustainable environment for the future.
“Over 40 local volunteers are already involved in the citizen science project undertaking research along the River Kent.
“This is a fantastic community effort but we will need further funding to keep the programme going until October.
“Please do consider making a donation, completing a survey, following us on Facebook (@cleanriverkent) and tell your friends and family about the campaign.”
To support this application the Clean River Kent Campaign is also running a survey (www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/riverkent) and other consultation activities during the summer.
The total cost of the campaign is £8,200. This includes the cost of the testing and transporting them to the laboratory, room hire, events, the volunteer programme, marketing and printing.
The group has already raised funding of £6,862 from successful applications to 2 local parish councils (Burneside and Staveley with Ings), Kendal Town Council, the Lake District Foundation, the Burneside Energy Company, and the Lakes Distillery.
The money donated by this Crowdfunding campaign will make up the rest of the funds they need to run this campaign.
Water samples are being collected from 6 sites in Staveley, Beckmickle Ing Wood, Burneside, Kendal (Sandy Bottoms), Hawes Bridge and Sedgwick, and then tested for e.coli and enterococcus,two sewage-related bacteria, in an accredited laboratory.
In October 2022, with the information gathered, the Clean River Kent Campaign will apply to DEFRA for Bathing Water Designation Status at a site in Staveley.
If successful it would be just the 3rd river in the whole country to obtain this status.
They are working closely with the Ilkley Clean River Campaign which successfully obtained Bathing Water status for the River Wharfe in 2020.
To donate to the fund visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/clean-up-the-river-kent