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TARCA the spotters...
10:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
VOLUNTEERS are keeping tabs on the pollution levels of the river running through Andover.
The Anton River Conservation Association (TARCA), which was formed by volunteers four years ago, take regular samples of the waterway to analyse for any signs of anomalies. They particularly monitor the insect populations, which are sensitive to pollution, and regularly take part in wildlife surveys.
And during a recent check it was discovered that there was a big drop in the number of insects that should be present.
The Environment Agency was informed and responded with a team of ecologists and water quality experts who carried out an investigation.
Fortunately, it was found that the pollution was minor and localised, but the group has warned residents of the dangers of disposing of anything in the river and the effects it can have on such a fragile ecosystem.
TARCA is working closely with Test Valley Borough Council on The Anton River Enhancement Scheme, supporting practical work to improve the look and habitat along the river.
Matt Smith, of the group, said: “One of our aims is to carry out improvements in the town centre area. People can help us achieve this by joining the group as a volunteer or help with fundraising.
“Lloyds Banking Group has a community fund in which TARCA has been short listed for an award.
“People could really make a difference to the work we are able to achieve by voting for TARCA at communityfund.lloydsbank.
To find out more about the group or to help, visit antonriver- conservation.org.uk or call 01264 368811 or 07722 267138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or find the group on its Facebook page by searching TARCA The Anton River Conservation Association.
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