Thursday 18th August, 2022

The Wye Algae PhD is now officially underway!

With the first samples taken in June, this three-year project hopes to unveil the triggers of algal blooms in the river Wye and river Ithon system.

Water samples are taken every two weeks to determine which nutrients and other environmental variables trigger algal blooms. These samples and their results will act as a useful tool for finding intervention solutions for improving the water quality of the river Wye.

The type of nutrients determined will include total phosphorus, soluble reactive phosphorus, nitrate, ammonium, and silicate. Organic phosphorus and nitrogen fractions will also be determined, as well as range of other environmental variables such as temperature.

We would like to thank all of those who kindly donated towards the first and second year of the Wye Algae PhD project. The first set of results are currently being analysed, so please stay tuned!


Thursday 7th April, 2022

Great news, we have the funds for the study, which will now start in June 2022.

Our thanks to everyone who has supported this initiative. We look forward to seeing the results as soon as they start coming in.


Thursday 27th January, 2022

In partnership with Cardiff University, the Wye & Usk Foundation is setting up a PhD study to establish the causes of the Wye’s severe algal blooms.

The study is due to start in March and run for three years. It will provide the quantity and quality of data needed to show causation with certainty.


More information on the Wye Algae PhD 

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