By John Arnold

The ancient spreading trees by the side of the River Bride near historic Aghern bridge afforded welcome shade for a group of people last Tuesday morning, July 20th.

We are all aware of pollution and the importance of reducing the levels of problematic substances in our streams and rivers.

The gathering by the river consisted of farmers involved with the BRIDE (Biodiversity Regeneration In a Dairying Environment) project, fishermen and others interested in water quality.

Water samples are generally tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for laboratory analysis. While this practice is worthwhile and of great benefit in assessing the ‘health’ of our waterways, it is done only every so often.

The purpose of last Tuesday’s get-together was to show those interested how they can individually test the water quality in streams and rivers in their own locality on a regular basis. A technique called the ‘kick sampling’ method was …

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