Flood alleviation, habitat enhancements and a Bat Habitat Strategy are all part of a major project which aims to revitalise waterways along the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal.
From Bath and North East Somerset Council: Bath & North East Somerset Council is proposing to allocate up to £150,000 to support projects to improve the river corridor in Bath over the next year.
Survey on river management and the River Styles Framework.
Macquarie University are looking for people who work in river management/restoration to undertake this survey in order to gain some insight into current river management practices, tools and networks. This will help make improvements to the existing tool, prioritise new features and support river management practices through applications and professional development.
Project which aims to restore Clifton Beck and involve local communities has received a funding boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
From the Telegraph & Argus: A project aiming to improve a beck running through parts of the Bradford district has received a £74,500 funding boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The trust will start work this month and hopes to complete its project by April 2018, with support from the Environment Agency, the Calder and Colne Rivers Trust, and Bradford and Calderdale Councils.
EU funding has been secured by the National Flood Forum, in partnership with the Rivers Trust, to work together with local communities, local authorities, rivers trusts and catchment partnerships to reduce flood risk in the East of England.
Almost £20 million has been secured to fund the largest restoration project of its kind in Europe which will reopen the UK's longest river to all fish species, including endangered shad, salmon, eel and lamprey. A partnership between The Severn Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency (EA), the Canal & Rivers Trust and Natural England (NE) successfully secured this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and EU LIFE-Nature.
From The Northern Echo: Tens of thousands of salmon have been helped by a new fish pass as they make their way up the River Tyne in a once-in-a-lifetime journey to spawn. Along with thousands of sea trout, the fish swim up from the sea so they can lay their eggs in the tributaries of the river.
Stroud District Council have produced a new film to describe the technical principles of Natural Flood Management on small streams and their catchments. The film looks at the different techniques and methods they have used and how to build a variety of NFM structures in the landscape. The video describe principles, methods, design and how to maximise multiple benefits for biodiversity and water quality.
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From WWF via The Guardian: The flooding cycle of the Pantanal is delicate and, if mismanaged, there could be detrimental effects to the wetland. Under the Pantanal Pact, 22 organisations and 25 mayors have come together to restore interconnected water resources. Although the southeast of Brazil has recently recovered from its worst drought in 80 years, the central west of the country seemingly has an abundance of water. It is home to the world’s largest wetland – the Pantanal.
From Eastern Daily Press: “The Norfolk Rivers Internal Drainage Board (IDB) has started the second phase of the Upper Wensum River Restoration Project, which will see 2km of the internationally-protected chalk stream habitat restored through the Raynham Estate near Fakenham. It involves installing berms, pools and riffles to reinvigorate natural processes and drive ecological recovery on the waterway, which has a raft of environmental designations including Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). But it has also included the excavation and re-conne