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Becky, Karen, Rick, Kathleen, Stephen, Rhys - iWharfe Project.

Becky, Karen, Rick, Kathleen, Stephen, Rhys - iWharfe Project. is crowdfunding

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Weʼre raising £3,000 to Fund citizen water testing along the Wharfe to find out if the river is fit to for wildlife and for people to paddle, play and swim in.

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Raw sewage is discharged into the Wharfe from 'storm overflows' when it rains, polluting our river. We need help to buy the equipment and lab testing for testing the water quality along the whole length of the Wharfe.

We are campaigning to clean up the river so it is safe for people and wildlife. Our testing so far has found that when it rains the levels of e-coli in the river are a public health hazard. In dry weather the pollution is still very high at the sewage treatment works at Ilkley and probably from thereon for the length of the river downstream. We want to get a better picture of where this pollution comes from and where along the Wharfe from the source to where it joins the Ouse, the water quality is safe for wildlife and people. This will help us campaign to clean up the river so it is fit for wildlife and for people to paddle, play and swim in. We are going to do a massive one day of water testing along the whole length of the river, and count how many people are picnicking at, and playing in, the river. You can see the project proposal here iWharfe Project Proposal

We are doing this with the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Addingham Environment Group, Otley 2030, the Boston Spa Wetherby and Villages Green Group, Yorkshire Water, Wild Trout Trust, WaterCoG, as well as all the communities that live along the river. You can read about our campaign here Ilkley Clean River Campaign

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  • Becky, Karen, Rick, Kathleen, Stephen, Rhys - iWharfe Project. 5 days ago
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    Becky, Karen, Rick, Kathleen, Stephen, Rhys - iWharfe Project.

    5 days ago

    Thanks for all your help. Defra has published its consultation on our Bathing Status Application - please help us a bit more by doing the short consultation - you can find it here https://consult.defra.gov.uk/water/bathing-water-river-wharfe-ilkley/ and we have published an FAQ on our website here https://sites.google.com/view/cleanwharfeilkley/home?authuser=0

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  • Becky, Karen, Rick, Kathleen, Stephen, Rhys - iWharfe Project. 23 days ago
    Becky, Karen, Rick, Kathleen, Stephen, Rhys - iWharfe Project.

    Becky, Karen, Rick, Kathleen, Stephen, Rhys - iWharfe Project.

    23 days ago

    Amazing! we did it - thank you all so much for your help If you would like to be included in our newsletter about the project and our progress do email us at ilkeycleanriver@gmail.com (note odd spelling so cut and paste from here!).

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  • Becky, Karen, Rick, Kathleen, Stephen, Rhys - iWharfe Project. 1 month ago
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    Becky, Karen, Rick, Kathleen, Stephen, Rhys - iWharfe Project.

    1 month ago

    Hi all I need some more help. We need to count people paddling playing swimming in the river on a sunny day in August. We have a whole list of bathing spots where we are counting but we need local people to help by popping down to those places on the day we choose (short notice/ weather dependent but it should be a weekend). Parking is grim along the whole stretch so it would be great if you live near a swim spot if you could help. If you think you can help could you email me on becky.malby@gmail.com Thank you.

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Page last updated on: 8/9/2020 20.28

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98

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 6, 2020

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 30, 2020

    £10.00

  • Harry Peacock

    Harry Peacock

    Jul 26, 2020

    It's going well! But needs doing.

    £10.00

  • Liz Grek

    Liz Grek

    Jul 25, 2020

    Pumping sewage and waste plastics into rivers is wrong. Yorkshire water we expect and you can do better!

    £10.00

  • Jim Butterfield

    Jim Butterfield

    Jul 24, 2020

    Keep up the pressure

    £10.00

  • Steve Cheetham

    Steve Cheetham

    Jul 22, 2020

    Yeah we did it!!!!!!

    £17.00

  • Ben

    Ben

    Jul 22, 2020

    needs testing! Tooo much fun is had in the wharfe and I'm shocked at the statistics of Yorkshire water compared to others around the country. Something needs to be done! #iWharfeproject

    £10.00

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Ilkley

The iWharfe group; and the Ilkley Clean River Campaign. You can see our campaign in the news here https://sites.google.com/view/cleanwharfeilkley/the-campaign-news?authuser=0 The One Show, Channel 4 News, BBC news, The Guardian, The World at One, The Times

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