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Environment Agency funding to help restore River Ver in St Albans

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Environment Agency has pledged £300,000 for a master plan to restore a river that dried up last summer.

A lake that is part of the River Ver in Verulamium Park, St Albans completely disappeared in September last year, when more than 200 people protested outside the Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub.

The protest, organised by the Ver Valley Society, called for authorities to acknowledge how dry the river had become.

DEFRA drives wider adoption of natural capital techniques

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The government has published a series of guidance, tools, datasets and case studies intended to help put an economic value on the natural environment.

The ‘Enabling a Natural Capital Approach’ (ENCA) package was published today, to sit alongside the Treasury’s ‘Green Book’ on the financial appraisal of policies and projects. It should encourage the wider adoption of natural capital techniques across government, though is also suitable for use across the broader public and private sectors.

Traditional ways are being deployed to help native species and an ancient woodland to flourish

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Heavy horses are being used as part of a biodiversity pilot project to restore an area of land which forms part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) at a water treatment works at Hawkley, Hampshire.

Owned by South East Water, the land is being cleared of large mature conifer trees which have been blocking the light to the forest floor needed for plants to flourish.

New River Llynfi Restoration Project

Thursday, January 30, 2020

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Early in 2020 the Foundation will start a new project to restore habitat on the Llynfi, an upper Wye tributary that flows out of Llangorse Lake and enters the Wye at Glasbury. Tragically, the stream was hit by a severe pollution event in 2016 that wiped out most, if not all, the trout, grayling and juvenile salmon in its middle to lower reaches.

First study of its kind shows road pollution is contaminating rivers

Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • New research identifies London roads making highest contribution to river pollution and poor water quality
  • Findings will allow road owners and operators - such as Highways England, TfL and local highways authorities - to target key stretches of roads with the highest potential to pollute.

Pollution from the surface of London’s roads is posing a significant risk to rivers in the capital, a pioneering new study has found.