Study creates first dataset on pollutants in English lakes

OPAL Water Centre scientists have published a report on their pioneering monitoring project at nine lakes across England.

Their study, which ran alongside the OPAL water survey, represents the first time some pollutants in England’s freshwaters have ever been measured or have been recorded on such a scale.


More Nitrogen Deposition

by Ed Tripp, University of Nottingham

Sampling and Sabotage

Nitrogen deposition comes in many forms. It can be diffuse, deposited in rain or from industry, or it can be more localised, from a single farm stocked with cattle or chickens for example. I have already investigated the former with bioassays and modelled nitrogen data. But the latter can be so localised, a matter of hundreds of meters, that it cannot be modelled. Therefore, it has to be measured in the field.


Flame retardants in lakes – pioneering OPAL research


Flame-retardant chemicals are useful in preventing fires, but they can also travel long distances in the air and damage the growth of animals.

OPAL Water Centre research has discovered flame retardants in a number of English lakes, and a significant concentration of one particular flame retardant in some fish.

Help us assess the impact of road pollution

Congested roadWe need your help to assess traffic pollution in the South East. Your results will add to important research by OPAL scientists.

The South East of England has some of the busiest roads in the country, but also a large amount of green space, such as nature reserves and parks.


Schools watch the pollution in London

London weather monitoring websiteLondon schools are taking readings from their weather stations to help OPAL researchers and Imperial College monitor the air pollution from the capital.  

On Tuesday 16 June, and also Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June, researchers are making intensive measurements of the particulate pollution produced by London.



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