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Environment Agency Chief Executive John Curtin discusses 'A Fresh Water Future'

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

What does the future of water look like? Do we need a single organisation managing our water catchments and do we need more resources to regulate the quality and quantity of our water? Join the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, John Curtin and CIWEM’s Director of Policy, Alastair Chisholm as we explore these topics – and find out what John’s biggest environmental concern is.

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Dry River Derwent devastating for wildlife, conservationists warn

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Conservationists have warned of "devastating" conditions for wildlife after a river in England's wettest area dried up for the third year in a row.

The River Derwent in the Lake District's Borrowdale Valley has seen water levels drop drastically after weeks of hot weather.

Experts said fish and insects would be badly affected with a "knock-on effect" for other species.

Turkey Brook: The London river that could hold the answer to saving Britain’s waterways

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Turkey Brook has been transformed following a restoration that did one vital thing similar projects often overlook – it reconnected the waterway with its hyporheic zone

As two great white egrets land at the meandering Turkey Brook in north London, it’s hard to believe this thriving river was once mistaken for a ditch.

River Otter: The Devon waterway that shows beavers are the cheapest solution to restoring UK rivers

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Beavers are a really important tool in river restoration, and they’re free as well,’ says Dr Alan Law, a freshwater environments expert

A cheap solution to tackle the scourge of Britain’s polluted and degraded rivers? It sounds too good to be true.

A new life for London's lost rivers

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Few visitors know that London has 640km of waterways and there's a serious movement taking place to restore these "blue corridors" to their former glory.

Though most visitors to London think only of the River Thames, the city is a myriad of waterways. Old maps show a skein of rivers and brooks that provided "blue corridors" traversing the city for centuries, providing both sources of food and recreation. But as London boomed, these waterways faded from consciousness – encased by walls, turned into polluted backwaters or simply covered over to run unseen beneath busy streets.