Sado river estuary areas (Portugal)

Type/s of pollution

Water pollution

Sustainable Development Goals addressed?

Number of citizens scientists involved


Is the pilot looking for participants?


What is this project about?

“Water sentinels” is a community project that empowers people from coastal communities to play a role as citizen scientists for water quality. This project is rooted in a wider aim: the conservation and restoration of seagrass meadows in the Sado Estuary area (Portugal).

The pilot engages 20 citizens from the fishing community to detect pollution events (historical and current) that may have been failing to be detected with the current water monitoring networks. Through dedicated training, participants will collect data on water quality in the Sado estuary. These data will be available to the public through the OceanAlive website and the COASTNET geoportal. Two scientific partners are involved in this pilot: Centre for Energy and Research (CINEA, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal) and MARE Marine and Environmental Research Centre (University of Lisbon).

Together with historical information obtained from questionnaires, “Water sentinels” will provide valuable information to researchers, managers and decision-makers.

The project will also engage relevant stakeholders in a water quality workshop. A community guide for water quality assessment, a layman’s report and a video will be produced as tools to enhance engagement and participation of other community members on water quality assessment.

Are you interested in taking part?

The pilot already recruited its volunteers but in case you are interested in knowing more about the project please get in touch with the pilot managers at the contacts provided in this page.

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