UK River Prize 2016

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2016 UK River Prize Winners Thanks to the work of the Cumbria River Restoration Strategy, the Rivers Eden, Derwent and Kent were awarded the 2016 UK River Prize on April 26th 2016 at the RRC Annual Conference in Blackpool.
Rivers Eden, Derwent and Kent
Partnership and multiple benefit project

The Cumbria River Restoration Strategy (CRRS) is a partnership project between Natural England, the Environment Agency and three Rivers Trusts (Eden, West Cumbria and South Cumbria). The partnership implements river restoration across three river catchments.

This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved through working in partnership. Overall the work has restored 14 km of river across the three catchments to a more natural form, illustrating the large scale at which this project was undertaken. 

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2016 UK River Prize Finalists

River Aller and Horner Water

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Catchment-scale project

In 2009, in response to the recommendations of the Pitt Review of the summer 2007 floods, DEFRA commissioned three new Multi-Objective Flood Management Demonstration Projects. This included the Holnicote Project on the National Trust Holnicote Estate in West Somerset. 

The Holnicote project ran from 2009 to 2015 and the final project report was delivered in July of 2015. The National Trust successfuly delivered multiple NFM interventions across the Aller and Horner Water catchments.

Allt Lorgy (Spey Catchment)

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Innovative project

Established in 2010, the Spey Catchment Initiative (SCI) is a public/private partnership that aims to deliver environmental enhancement projects throughout the River Spey catchment, an area covering 3,000 km2 of the Scottish Highlands. 

The Allt Lorgy restoration project restored the morphology and habitats of a 1 km section of river and its adjoining floodplain. The restoration measures implemented have reinstated the natural physical and ecological processes that the site would have exhibited under un-impacted conditions. 

River Wandle

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Urban project

The South East Rivers Trust (SERT) formerly the Wandle Trust (WT) have rehabilitated the Wandle (Carshalton) waterbody which was overwide, polluted, disconnected  and impounded.

This project is an excellent example of what is possible in an urban environment and has resulted in the attainment of GEP. Through a number of mechanisms the project has improved water, sediment and habitat quality, resulting in a diverse and functioning headwater with successful trout recruitment.

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