The Library is looking for volunteers to participate in the project ‘We read the river‘, coordinated by the Diputació de Barcelona and seconded by 15 municipalities, including Martorell. Volunteers will be integrated into a fieldwork to collect information on the state of the river Llobregat and its tributaries Cardener and Anoia. First, the facility will host an information session on Monday 27 September (6.30pm). The field trip will take place on October 23rd.
‘Let’s read the river’ raises that continental aquatic systems are areas of great ecological and social value to be preserved, and that citizen science projects are an opportunity to actively raise awareness. Therefore, it is necessary to know the quality of the water in different municipalities of the area of influence of the Llobregat and tributaries, to generate new data, the search and the interpretation of the information. With the results, recommendations will be made for public policies for the management and conservation of river heritage.
The first step will be the information meeting at the Library on Monday 27 September, for which you must register at the same facility on Avenida de las Mancomunitats Comarcals number 13, by sending an email to [email protected] or calling 93 775 60 60. There is time until September 17th. Josefina Canals, Library technician, talks about it:
Josefina Canals, tècnica de la Biblioteca Martorell
Then comes the field trip on October 23 (from 11.00 to 13.00, on the lower stretch of the river Anoia). Volunteers will collect information on the state of the river, with the help of an Environmental Technician from Martorell City Council.
From here, and during the first quarter of 2022, the results obtained will be presented and proposals for action will be made to be incorporated into the public policies for the management and conservation of the river heritage in these environments. The scientific process will be supervised and directed by the Research Group (FEHMlab) of the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the University of Barcelona.
A cultural, educational and social project
The ‘Let’s read the river’ is promoted and coordinated by the managements of Library Services and Environmental Services of the Diputación, and complements the existing RiuNet program. In addition, the Habitats Association and FEHM lab research group are collaborating. It was unveiled last June 8 and started launching on July 13th. It promotes the preservation of natural heritage and environmental policies in a transversal way, based on the Declaration of Climate Emergency, approved by the Plenary of the Corporation in September 2019.
The provincial body considers that the project is “cultural, educational and social” and that it must reach everyone. That is why it has opened it up to town councils and citizens, and channeled it through libraries. Specifically, they are those of Abrera; Balsareny; Gironella; Igualada; Hospitalet de Llobregat; Manresa; Martorell; Navarcles; Pallejà; El Papiol; Puig-reig; Sant Boi de Llobregat; Sant Vicenç de Castellet; Santa Coloma de Cervelló and Vilanova del Camí.
Source: Web de notícies de l'Ajuntament de Martorell by martorelldigital.cat.
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