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.

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.

Work begins on the Houghton Brook Flood Storage Area this week, beginning with some tree felling and site clearance. 

The river improvement project at The Moor has recently been completed.

To support efforts to keep the River Lea healthy, a member of Groundwork staff supported the council-led river clean-up event at Wardown Park on the 27 February 2020.

During February half term 2020 families were invited to take part in 'Wildplay by the River'.

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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