water quality

Developing our next generation of environmental scientists

By Matt Keyse
OPAL Community Scientist, FSC Scotland

It was a cold but bright morning at St. Maurice’s pond in Cumbernauld. The weary February sun hovered just above the tree line, reflecting off of the thin layer of ice forming over the water.

With some trepidation a group of Greenfaulds High School students, currently studying the new Higher Environmental Science course, grabbed a variety of sampling equipment and made their way gingerly away from the car park towards the water. 


Flame retardants in lakes – pioneering OPAL research


Flame-retardant chemicals are useful in preventing fires, but they can also travel long distances in the air and damage the growth of animals.

OPAL Water Centre research has discovered flame retardants in a number of English lakes, and a significant concentration of one particular flame retardant in some fish.

OPAL Water research data


How healthy are our lakes and ponds?

OPAL monitored the health of nine lakes and ponds across England, looking at water quality, how it's changing, and how the plants and animals are being affected.

We collected physical, biological and chemical data at three-month intervals to explore how things changed over time, research which is being used to help the conservation of ponds and lakes.


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