Water Quality and Pollution Prevention

Water Quality There is much going on around the harbour with regards to looking at water quality and we will leave updates on this to those better placed to do this, including the usual channels for real time water quality monitoring.

The Forum will continue to work with each other to reduce our own organisations’ impact on the environment and water quality. We will also ensure we communicate what is happening around the harbour with regards to looking at water quality – a quick summary, but by no means an exhaustive list below:

·         The Conservancy has water quality information on their website: https://www.conservancy.co.uk/page/water-quality-information

o   They are also running a project with the University of Sussex.

·         The University of Chichester and Litmus Technologies are working together, facilitated by the Conservancy, to place a series of buoys which will monitor levels of pollution in Chichester Harbour and provide live data for industries and members of the public: https://www.litmus.technology/

·        The Clean Harbour Partnership Rob Bailey and some of the Sailing Club’s Water Quality Officers are involved in this. They are focused on Project Spotlight run by Portsmouth and Brunel Universities: https://cleanharbourspartnership.co.uk/investigate/

·         Universities of Exeter and Portsmouth – A study, led by the University of Exeter and also involving researchers from the University of Portsmouth, found two Vibrio species (bacteria) – Vibrio rotiferianus and Vibrio jasicida – that have never been recorded in UK waters before in Chichester Harbour. https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_834472_en.html

Pollution PreventionThere is much that CHF organisations can do to put pollution controls in place to prevent the potential damage to the environment from harmful substances. This includes the storage, usage and disposal of potentially hazardous materials. As a club/centre/business we are responsible for managing our own pollution risks as well as promoting good practice to the wider boating community on how they can control and prevent their own pollution. Further information on

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There is also an interactive map that shows local pump out facilities – https://thegreenblue.org.uk/resources/boat-user-resources/marine-facilities/