1. Fixing Broken Rivers
Themes: Water quality; Biodiversity; Getting people and communities engaged
- Reduce the frequency and severity of pollution
- Increase surface water management at source
- Improve riverine and riparian habitat
- Improve river function and sustainability
- Improve knowledge and understanding of the catchment
- Improve awareness of the impact of behaviour on the water environment
- Increase public engagement and participation
The Fixing Broken Rivers Project focuses on the water pollution of the rivers in the Lea Catchment. This three year HSBC funded project will engage local young people in an education programme, introduce new reedbeds to these rivers to process the pollution, and create sustainable drainage systems.
Thames21 began working in the Lower Lea Valley in 2009, it wasn’t long until we discovered that the rivers in this area are heavily polluted. We started our Love the Lea campaign which works hard to tackle these issues by educating local people and encouraging action to be taken.
There are three key strands that make up the ‘Fixing Broken Rivers’ project;
1. This is your River
Connecting young people to their rivers through:
- River workshops
- Water quality testing sessions
- Waterway Ambassador training
- Waterway Discovery Days
- Online educational resources
- Pop up stalls
- Exciting outdoor events
Thames21 and Museum of London Docklands invite your class to join us for half a day of river discovery. Read more about This is Your River week here.
Reedbeds remove pollution from rivers, provide habitats for wildlife and improve the aesthetics of an area.
With the help of HSBC staff and local volunteers we will;
- introduce new reedbeds to rivers in the catchment
- improve existing reedbeds by removing litter and invasive plants
Join the Project Reedbed mailing list for progress updates, volunteer opportunities and how you can be part of our Reedbed Adoption Team.
Green Sponges (SuDS)
With the help of HSBC staff and local volunteers we will be creating new ‘Green Sponges’ or ‘rain gardens’ (Sustainable Drainage Systems). These are natural drainage systems that capture polluted water running off roads and car parks. They can also cut the number of sewage overflows by reducing rainwater entering the sewer pipes and overloading them.
The ‘Fixing Broken Rivers’ project is a key part of the Love the Lea campaign and is funded by the HSBC Water Programme.