Fourth year students of St. Joseph’s College spent a day recently assisting the Lucan Tidy Towns in its clean-up efforts around the local area, writes Kim O’Leary.
These young aspiring environmental scientists, led by their teacher, Ms Michelle Dunne and supported by Ms Linda Ennis, walked up through Vesey Park, taking random samples of the water in the Griffeen River.
They were participating, on behalf of Lucan Tidy Towns, in Water Blitz 2021, a DCU organised event in conjunction with Earthwatch Europe.
Citizen scientists countrywide were asked to sample and test the water quality in their local river, lake, pond or stream for nitrates and phosphates, using kits supplied to them. This same event took place in a number of European cities, including London and Paris.
The students tested the samples and later the results were uploaded and sent to Earthwatch Europe’s FreshWater Watch website. The Water Blitz Team at DCU coordinated the whole event, encouraging organisations to get involved.
The 4th Year students, on their own initiative, made a TikTok video of the event which was submitted to DCU. The Water Blitz Team was so pleased with this that they awarded the students a special certificate.