A new report 'River Restoration and Biodiversity' has been published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW). The report 'describes the importance of rivers in the UK and Ireland for nature conservation, summarises the damage that river habitats have sustained over many decades, and discusses ways in which repairing damage and restoring river habitats can bring benefits both to wildlife and to human society' (CREW).
From the Cumbria Crack: "West Cumbria Rivers Trust have completed two river restoration projects in West Cumbria this summer to help improve the quality of the River Marron. At two sites at Ullock and Branthwaite on the River Marron, river bank erosion has been reduced and man-made structures have been removed to help naturalise the river, benefit the river ecology and wildlife, and allow fish, such as Salmon, to thrive. At Ullock, a weir was removed and at Branthwaite Hall, an abutment and buttress were removed to help naturalise the river Marron and enable the free movement of native fish
From SEPAView: "World Rivers Day takes place on the last Sunday of September every year. It’s described as “a celebration of the world’s waterways” designed to highlight the many values, and encourage the improved stewardship, of rivers around the world. To mark this we’re looking at the work of the Water Environment Fund (WEF) and how it helps Scotland improve its rivers by removing historic problems and helping return them to a healthier, more natural state."
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From the BBC: "Efforts to save the native white-clawed crayfish from extinction in Wales are showing "encouraging" results. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said an innovative project has seen approximately 4,000 of the threatened crustaceans reared and released here since 2009. The focus is on the River Wye and its tributaries, the last remaining native crayfish stronghold in Wales. Some fear the species could die out completely by 2030. Crayfish are considered a key indicator of the health of our rivers.
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by freshwaterblog: "It’s a common lament to hear from freshwater conservationists: if only our rivers and lakes had better legal protection in response to the many pressures they face. In New Zealand, a new piece of environmental legislation is intended to do just that, by taking the unprecedented step of granting a river the legal rights of a citizen.
The Niagara River in New York State, USA has won this year’s Thiess International Riverprize for transforming the region into one that values and maintains the integrity of its fresh water systems as a major component of regional economic revitalisation. The other two finalists were:
Article by Jackie Webley (Scottish Natural Heritage): "LIFE NATURE has granted the ‘Pearls in Peril’ (PIP) project a six month extension and we will now continue to 2nd March 2017. PIP has been busy completing all our project actions across sites in Scotland, England and Wales and now has the opportunity to do a bit more."
The River Rother at Catcliffe (and many other places) has been ‘messed with’ for hundreds of years – its course has altered many times and it has been artificially straightened for navigational purposes. The stretch through Catcliffe upstream of Treeton Lane is very straight, heavily silted and devoid of river life. A new scheme will bring a more naturalistic feel back to the river.
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Gravel embankments will be removed along 500m of the Allt an t-Slugain burn near Braemar to restore habitat for the rare freshwater pearl mussel and for salmon.
The embankments were constructed in the 1980s to prevent the burn from spilling onto the adjacent grazing land during high flows. However, in some cases embankments can increase flood risk downstream by reducing temporary floodplain water storage. They can also affect the river channel by increasing flow speed and depth, leading to riverbed erosion, and reducing in stream habitat for mussels and fish.
This is an article from Rivers of Carbon in Australia: "Water is not the enemy, it is water velocity (speed) that causes the damage. Australian rivers are meant to be rough and bumpy and riparian vegetation can provide protection from flood impacts along with individual and cumulative benefits to landholders up and down stream."
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