This month the Government is setting out a proposed new legislation to remove obstructions or build fish passes to provide a route around barriers such as weirs. Read more by clicking the link below.
The presentations from the 2016 European River Symposium have now been posted online. Held on the 2nd and 3rd of March, the Symposium included the European River Prize which was won by the Segura River (Spain). Presentations from each of the finalists can also be found in the outputs.
The Segura River of Spain has been named the winner of the 2016 European Riverprize. This year's finalists included the River Trent in the UK.
Mr Miguel-Angel Rodenas, President of the Segura River Basin Authority, accepted the award at a gala dinner held at Vienna City Hall on Thursday 3 March, recognising the river’s extraordinary return to health following extensive restoration efforts over the past thirty years.
To find out more, visit the International River Foundation website below.
In December the Moors for the Future Partnership released an appraisal of the Defra Multi-Objective Flood Management Projects which included:
- “From Source to Sea” - Holnicote, Somerset
- “Making Space for Water”, Derbyshire
- “Slowing the Flow at Pickering” – Yorkshire
To find out more click the link below.
The Peak District and Lowland Derbyshire non-native species initiative is a collaboration of fishing clubs, nature conservation groups and landowners who are taking action on non-native invasive species. They have produced a helpful leaflet on the control of Himalayan Balsam. The leaflet can be accessed with the link below.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency have recently published a new handbook to help local authorities and landowners implement natural flood management measures.
Key conclusions from the REFORM project (Deliverable 7.7) are now available in the policy briefs and in the deliverables sections.
The key conclusions and recommendations address the following themes:
The Downstreams team are using an innovative web site that helps to raise funds and generate support for urban river projects. It works by connecting businesses and communities with the projects, and building genuine connections. Everyone who engages knows they are making a difference.
This work will generate funding for a number of these projects to go ahead, helping Catchment based partners to build community ownership and empowerment in the process.
JBA Trust and Lancaster Environment Centre have developed an interactive map of nature-based flood risk management projects. It’s a free resource with the main aim of assembling a map-based catalogue. JBA Trust and Lancaster Environment Centre are also looking to identify how the performance of the projects is being assessed so that they can build a picture of how working with natural processes delivers benefits at a broader scale.
Read more here