Essex Rivers Hub

River Wid - Havering's Grove Brook to Ingatestone Pressures

The table below shows the current pressures that this waterbody faces and the solutions that could be put in place to solve these problems. You can learn more about some of these pressures and solutions on the Environment Agency Catchment Data Explorer or you can contact us to find out more.

PRESSURES

SOLUTIONS

Signal Crayfish have been most recently recorded on this water body in 2006 . Signal Crayfish cause changes to the natural bankside habitat and also out-compete our native crayfish. They are fierce predators and can completely change fish and invertebrate communities so that they are no longer in their natural state.

There is currently no known solution to the invasion of Signal Crayfish, regular monitoring is needed to ensure a strategic approach when a solution has been identified.

 

There is no data due to a lack of monitoring within this waterbody.

Collect data in order to determine classification.

Phosphate levels within this waterbody are considered to be too high and therefore have a 'poor' classification. The point source inputs need to be identified although there is a sewage treatment works that discharges into this waterbody.

Identify point source inputs. 

Ensure that sewage effluent standards are maintained. 
 

The diffuse agricultural pollution entering the river within this waterbody is described as 'chronic'.

Engage landowners to encourage best practises for use of phosphates.

Increase riparian buffer strips to encourage nutrients to settle out before entering the river.

  

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