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Removing tens of thousands of obsolete dams in Europe will bring life back to rivers, says new report

Friday, July 20, 2018

With only 40 percent of Europe’s waterways in good condition, a new study published today calls for tens of thousands of redundant dams and other barriers to be removed to help restore rivers and lakes – boosting wildlife populations and benefiting communities across the continent. A new initiative called Dam Removal Europe aims to start an era of dam removal.

European Waters - status and pressures

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report published this week found that around 40% of monitored rivers, lakes, transitional waters and coastal waters are currently in good ecological status, while only 38% are in good chemical status. 9% of natural rivers are classified as being in high ecological status. The most commonly reported pressure related to ecological status concerns hydromorphological pressures affecting over 40% of surface water bodies. The report includes important statements and conclusions supporting the WFD and recommends better implementation.

WTT Conservation Awards 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

WTT Conservation Awards 2018 – Closing Date for Submissions Draws Near!

The WTT Conservation Awards 2018 seek to recognise river improvement projects at all scales, from the huge to the end-of-garden stuff; more information, including a simple application form HERE. We’ll follow your application with an informal phone discussion with our judges, before a special and great fun Awards’ evening in London on 17th October 2018.

River Basin Management Plan Consultation

Friday, June 22, 2018

Working Together is the first consultation in the process of reviewing and updating the river basin management plans for 2021. It sets out the steps and consultation measures to be taken, the proposed timetable and the ways that you can get involved in preparing the updated plans.

Everyone’s views are welcomed. Responding to the consultation is just one way of getting involved in the process. You can also engage with us and our partners both locally and nationally on river basin planning.

Fish return to the River Medlock following £250,000 river restoration

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Environment Agency say fish have returned to a stretch of the River Medlock in Greater Manchester after a major project to transform it back into its natural state.

Juvenile Brown Trout have been found at Clayton Vale following a quarter of a million pound project which began five years ago.

The increased presence of fish is seen as particularly encouraging as the Environment Agency and Manchester City Council are also installing baffles in the rivers to further help fish move up and down the river.

MEP Water Group - Nature-based solutions for water

Thursday, June 14, 2018

On May 22nd, the MEP Water Group in cooperation with the World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO, hosted a successful public session for its 2018 United Nations World Water Development Report on 'Nature-based solutions for water' at the European Parliament.

Chaired by the MEP Paul Rübig, the session focused on informing policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, about the great potential of nature-based solutions (NBS) in addressing contemporary water availability, quality and water management challenges across the sector.

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