Essex Rivers Hub
Water is essential for everything we do. That's why we are working towards improving the quality of all our rivers, lakes and ground waters for everyone to enjoy. On these pages you will find information on your local rivers, where it is thriving, where the problems are and how we're working to resolve them. We've also included some case studies, details of current projects and how you can get involved.
Improving our water environment is a challenge for everyone. Achieving the standards set out in the EU's Water Framework Directive will be a tall order, and we will only succeed by working together.
The Essex Rivers Hub (ERH) was formed in January 2014 and is hosted by Essex Wildlife Trust. It has developed a broad active membership which includes (not in any order) Anglian Water, Environment Agency, Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex and Suffolk Water including the Chelmer & Blackwater Partnership, National Farmers Union, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group East, Local Authorities (Colchester, Rochford, Uttlesford, Chelmsford, in future LA's will be represented by the Essex Planning Officers Association ( EPOA)), Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust, Essex Waterways Ltd., ECC Flood partnerships, National Trust and Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project.
Wivenhoe Rivercare Group
Here is an account from Wivenhoe Canoe and Kayak Club about how they joined forces with Rivercare to improve the Colne.
Friday 24th June 2016
Wildlife Treasure Hunt, Little Baddow
Wildlife event being held in partnership with Little Baddow Parish Council and Little Baddow Conservation Society. This is taking place on Saturday 16th July, please see the poster for more Information.
Thursday 9th June 2016
What is the Water Framework Directive?
The problems and threats facing our rivers have been recognised at a European level, by the Water Framework Directive.
This is a piece of European legislation which became UK law in 2003. It states that all waterbodies (including rivers, lakes and the sea) in the UK must reach 'good ecological status' by 2027. 'Good ecological status' means they should be clean and healthy and contain the 'right' type and number of animals and plants. The UK has a legal obligation to meet this target.
Some projects require hands-on, practical, help. If you can give your time and fancy getting involved with practical work in and around a river, this could be for you! We will post information on the contacts page as projects require help. Typical things may include:
Himalayan Balsam pullers
Mink raft checkers and water vole surveyors