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Anchors away! The hunt is on for Clyde Valley groups

Are you a Clean Up group near the Clyde or its tributaries? Or a watersports enthusiast who wants to see a cleaner river? A group of community gardeners who want to make a difference? The Clyde needs you!

Upstream Battle, the first “source to sea” campaign of its kind in Scotland, will feature a ‘citizen science’ project to empower thousands of people in the Clyde Valley to clean up and identify the litter along the banks of their local river.

As part of this large-scale citizen science project, we want to recruit, train and support fifteen “Anchor Groups” across the wider Clyde Valley.

Anchor Groups will be pivotal in the campaign’s success – providing quality, reliable data about the on-the-ground litter situation in riverside communities. They will also lead Clean Up activities in and around the Clyde and be ambassadors for the Upstream Battle campaign.

Anchor Groups will receive specialised training, and have access to exclusive resources and support. They will also contribute to the creation of a Clyde Valley Litter Strategy, which will be co-produced with stakeholders from public, private and third sector organisations across the region.

Nik Turner, Campaign Lead, encourages groups to get involved:

"If we want to effectively tackle marine litter, we have to fully understand how, where and what types of litter are getting into our watercourses. By carrying out a clean up and survey along a stream, burn, river or canal near you, you'll be helping us build our understanding of the Clyde's litter problem."

Spaces are limited for this opportunity, so if you are a group or organisation based in Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire or East Renfrewshire and want to get involved with this exciting opportunity, please submit your interest before Friday 8th February.

 

 

 

16 January 2019

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