The gradual deterioration of the quality of water bodies in Costa Rica has created the need to conduct periodic studies of rivers, lakes and wetlands water quality present in the Osa Peninsula, the nation’s natural jewel. We work to obtain baseline data on water quality in the ACOSA region (Osa Conservation Area) involving different communities in protecting the riparian ecosystems of the watersheds in the region. All data are incorporated into a public online Water Atlas where citizens can use it as a tool to demand improvements in public systems of water management as well as to alert public health services if necessary.
Citizen science; Water quality; Public health; Pollution; Workshops; Land use
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