Scotland’s water is important for our health and businesses across the country.
As well as being used for drinking, water is used in industry (e.g. distilling whisky and fisheries), for producing energy (hydropower), and for recreational activities (such as bird-watching, angling and water sports).
Is your beach as clean as you would expect?
Use the water environment hub application to see the status of the rivers, lochs, estuaries and coasts in Scotland. Find out about water levels, invasive species or overall condition.
View the SEPA Water environment hub for further information about the status of Scotland's waters.
Easy-to-understand graph to show the length of Scotland’s rivers at each category of pollution. What do you notice about the trend over the past 20 years?
This data analysis application allows you to view how the overall condition, physical condition, water flows and levels, and water quality are expected to change over time for surface freshwaters and groundwaters.
This SEPA flood map shows areas which are likely to flood from rivers, the sea and surface water.
Scotland's environment map showing Scotland's rivers, coasts and lochs and their water quality. What factors are having an effect on the quality of waterways near you?
Scotland's environment map showing major river catchment areas. Are your schools grounds within the catchment of a major river?
Scotland’s seas cover an area larger than its land area. This map shows the boundaries.
Bloomin' Algae Citizen scientists across the UK are being urged to help the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) monitor harmful algal blooms which can threaten public health as well as the lives of dogs, cattle, birds and fish.
Sealife Tracker The Sealife Tracker project aims to collect much needed data on both invasive and climate change indicator marine species around the UK coastline.
Big Pond Dip
Big Pond Dip This simple survey will allow you to do a mini health check on your pond, find out what is currently thriving under the surface and learn a bit more about what species you find.
Big Spawn Count
Big Spawn Count Citizen science project surveying the spawning patterns of amphibians in garden and school ponds.
The Great Nurdle Hunt
The Great Nurdle Hunt Look for nurdles on your local beach you can have fun and help show the local plastics industry their impact on the River Forth.
We have produced videos to help you with data sampling, collection and recording - produced in partnership with Education Scotland and OPAL (Open Air Laboratories).
Scotland's environment Water Infographic (PDF) allows teachers to find out more about water across Scotland.
This page was reviewed on 28 Nov 2019
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