The MICS Italian case study, led by AAWA, is located along the Marzenego River and its tributary Rio Draganziolo, Italy. Local citizens, municipal authorities and statutory agency associated with the management of the Marzenego River and tributaries took part in co-design workshops, to discuss problems related to the river and wetlands and identify priorities for citizen monitoring. Based on these workshops, the following citizen science monitoring activities were adopted:
- Water quality monitoring using the Freshwater Watch (FWW) method and online platform (www.freshwaterwatch.thewaterhub.org) across 26 sampling sites.
- Hyserve kit for bacteriological analyses.
- Riparian vegetation monitoring (Marzenego fluvial park)
- Aquatic vegetation monitoring both in mature
Throughout 2021, technical, scientific and social assistance will be provided to citizens by the MICS team.
The Ground Truth 2.0 co-design light methodology (MICS deliverable D4.6, based on Wehn and Pfeiffer, 2020) was adopted and used to guide the set of citizen science activities in the Italian case study. Four co-design workshops were held with citizen scientists and local authority stakeholders associated with the management of the Marzenego River and tributaries. Co-design workshops were held in-person and online (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). In total, over the four co-design workshops, 45 people attended. The objectives of the co-design workshops were to build a common understanding of the problems related to the river and wetlands and identify priorities for citizen monitoring. The agreed challenge identified by the stakeholders at the co-design workshop was to improve the water quality and landscape, whilst reducing flood risk along the Marzenego River and tributaries. It was agreed amongst the stakeholders that the following monitoring activities would take place: water quality monitoring, bacteriological analysis, riparian vegetation monitoring, aquatic vegetation monitoring.