International RiverFoundation is delighted to announce the three Riverprize winners for 2013. The Thiess International Riverprize and Australian Riverprize winners were announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner on Tuesday 24 September, as part of the International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia. And our first IRF European Riverprize winner was announced on Thursday 12 September at the European River Restoration Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Two on-line guides have been published that will help you improve the water environment.
The River Restoration Centre Manual of River Restoration Techniques is an on-line case study manual developed for river /drainage channel managers. It provides case study examples of different river restoration techniques and will help you identify potential restoration techniques for use in river restoration and sustainable river management http://www.therrc.co.uk/rrc_manual.php.
This guidebook, compiled by the two major Thames charities, contains a wealth of information on over 150 of the best places to explore the real Thames wilderness, along with enjoyable walks and activities along its course.
In Scotland, the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse visited Carr-Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park on Monday 29th April to view ‘shovel ready’ projects including a pioneering river restoration project, instigated by the Spey Catchment Initiative, which will help to restore valuable riparian habitat and contribute to flood alleviation downstream. For more information, click on the headline link to open the SEPA press release.
From 1 April 2013, Natural Resources Wales - a new body formed by the Welsh Government - has taken over the functions previously carried out by the Environment Agency in Wales, alongside those of the Forestry Commission Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales.
Speaker presentations from the CIWEM & DefraGovUK conference on the Catchment Based Approach are now available to download.
The Wandle Trust, The Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency are delighted to announce the formation of the new South East Rivers Trust to help engage communities with conservation and restoration of their local rivers across Kent and south east England. For more information click on the headline link to read the press release.
Sarah Taigel (PhD researcher at the University of East Anglia) is working with the Norfolk Rivers Trust in North Norfolk to trial different visualisation tools showing river restoration with catchment stakeholders. Data collection will take place between February and early May seeking to gain feedback on not just the tools used but also how stakeholders have responded to the proposed ideas about the future of the river and surroundings. Stakeholder responses to the project will feed into a catchment management plan.
With a total of £294m to be spent, the agency published a full list of the 681 flood defence schemes it will be working on in the coming financial year on 7 February. Part of the funding is earmarked for projects that have a specific focus on boosting economic growth. The list also includes projects receiving partnership funding contributions from local councils and businesses.
The Minister for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs, Richard Benyon MP, has approved for publication the Environment Agency’s first flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) report for England.