Call for expressions of interest from farmers to take part in the first phase of piloting the new Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme.

Hertfordshire County Council and the Environment Agency have been investigating options to improve the River Stort through Grange Paddocks open space, via a weir removal scheme which will open up access for fish and other wildlife along 28km of river corridor!

Water is a vital part of our environment. When an area is determined to be in serious water stress by the Secretary of State for the Environment, the water company for that area must publish a water resources management plan that considers all options to manage demand more effectively – including metering and greater leakage reduction.

The freezing weather during the week starting 8 February, and the thaw that is forecast to follow, brings with it an increased risk of burst pipes, including at homes and businesses.

Dallow Downs & Winsdon Hill (DD&WH) and Cowslip Meadow, have gained national status as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as announced by Natural England on 14th October 2020.

Every September on the Fourth Sunday is World Rivers Day.

We have been selectivly removing trees that may pose a risk to the footpath running alongside the channel, or to the stability of the bank between the mill race and the River Beane where the breach as occurred. 

The Houghton Brook project team collaborated with partners earlier this month to host the Environment Agency’s first virtual breaking-ground event, marking the first stage of construction of the flood alleviation scheme.

A consultation has begun on proposed changes to the water company water resources planning guideline.

A new Chalk Aquifer Alliance has been formed to bring together all those working to protect chalk streams and their aquifers across England.

Anyone with an interest in chalk rivers is invited to subscribe (for free) to receive regular updates, hear about events and get their latest news updates direct to your inbox. See chalkaquiferalliance.wordpress.com for more details.

River bed improvement upstream of Tewinbury Farm

This stretch of river suffers from heavy silt deposition caused by reduced flows, dredging in the 70s, and the ponding effect of a weir. The aim is to restore the river to a silt-free, gravel bedded, shallow, fast flowing stream, with riffles and pools capable of supporting water crowfoot and breeding trout.

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