The International Rivers reveals that Rivers need a Citizen Science Movement. It is a decision about managing our rivers and is often based on incomplete information. it includes creating a picture whose gaping holes that are likely to remain unfilled by the time of construction of a dam or diversion begins.
Citizen science can be used to document basic information about a river system, as well as changes over time to its flow, sediment load, species and water quality. Citizen scientists can fill in gaps in crucial baseline knowledge about a rivers species or general health.
Because our rivers are in peril which means, just 1 in 10 rivers now reach the sea. 8 in 10 people depend on river resources. 2/3 of Earth's major rivers are dammed.
When there is no provision for professional scientists to fill these gaps in our knowledge, citizen science, scientific research conducted by amateurs- can step in to help uncover critical information about a river's health, and make use of their findings for river protection.
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