20 September 2016 — Researchers from the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University started crowdfunding to raise 15.000 euro to build a laboratory in nature: The Living Lab. This is necessary to test the effects of chemical compounds in a natural situation.
Dutch water quality
We are dependent on water to less our thirst, for agriculture, swimming and many other ends. Luckily, the Netherlands is a land of water. Unfortunately, (mainly) due to industry and agriculture every year large quantities of chemical compounds enter our waterbodies. In spite of years of research, there remains a large knowledge gap on the actual effects of these chemical compounds in our natural waters.