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Roll over the map to highlight a river or estuary, click to view a detailed map of the projects.

Latest news

The autumn 2019 edition of the Stour & Colne newsletter is now available to download here.

This latest edition includes updates on water quality, the metaldehyde ban, new farming rules for water, local projects, the new What’s In Your Back Yard (WIYBY) website, the newly formed Water Resources East (WRE) group and beavers returning to Essex.

The Environment Agency are currently undertaking a consultation on the latest iteration of their water company drought plan guidelines.

The guidance which was revised in September 2019 sets out what companies must and should include in their statutory drought management plans. These plans focus on the actions companies plan to take to maintain water supply and protect the environment from their operations during a drought.

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

Submit Records

River Wardens

Riverfly Monitors

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