Volunteers needed to help the River Lea in and around Luton
Community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire has two projects on offer, one all about helping your local community to save water and the other about improving the health of the River Lea. Both projects give volunteers the chance to meet new people, help the local community and their local environment and learn new skills.
If you are interested and would like to join one or both of our projects, weâ€™re offering a free welcome and training day in September.
1. Learn to monitor and care for your local river
Help bring about a RiverLUTiON
Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire is working with Thames Water on a new project that gives residents the chance to monitor and improve the health of the local River Lea.
RiverLUTiON is a community engagement project aimed at empowering local people to form a volunteer network programme with scientific credentials. Volunteers will be trained to assess and monitor the health of the river allowing for better decision-making and intelligent interventions and improvements.
Groundwork is recruiting 20 volunteers to join the RiverLUTiON project and will provide full training and support. The volunteer River Wardens will be responsible for monitoring the river at specific locations and feeding their results back to the Luton Lea Catchment Partnership.
If you would like to take part and become a River Warden, please contact Andrew on Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01582 720147.
2. Help Luton save water
Become a Water Warden and help your community to use less water
Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire is working with Affinity Water on a new project to help Luton residents to save water, leading to savings in energy and money.
The Southeast of England has some of the highest water users in the UK, at around 160 litres of water per person per day. Since July 2016 there has been low rainfall and the water in aquifers (natural underground water reservoirs) and rivers that is used to supply water locally has dropped below average. The rainfall in May and June benefited the environment and helped reduce the demand for water but this was limited compared to the low rainfall over the last 10 months.
Groundwork is recruiting 20 volunteers to become Water Wardens and will provide full training and support. The wardens will be responsible for motivating their local community to take action to reduce water use, they will learn how to engage and inspire others and theyâ€™ll meet other people in their area.
If you would like to take part and become a Water Warden, please contact Rosie on Rosie.Cliffe@groundwork.org.uk or 01582 720147.
Please print and share the attached posters with others that you think might be interested in taking part.