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.
River Wardens feature in latest Essex Wildlife Trust Members Magazine
Essex Wildlife Trust wanted to show their member the excellent work the River Wardens are doing across Essex by asking a few Wardens from across the county to share their views on the project and get some photos of them in action. This article features in the latest Essex Wildlife Trust Magazine but you can see a copy of this article here too.
The magazine also features the great work that has been done to increase the Otter populations throughout the county as well as a roundup of other projects that are happening to help improve Essex Rivers. To see these articles please click here.
Native Crayfish - Good News for Essex
Last year we reported our concerns for the only known river population of the native White-clawed Crayfish in Essex. Read more...
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