The River Lea Catchment Conference was held on Wednesday20th March 2024. It gave an opportunity for anyone interested in the chalk rivers of Hertfordshire and Middlesex to find out about some of the initiatives over the last two years to improve freshwater habitats locally and regionally.

The Winter 2023/4 Water Quality Update for the River Lea and tributaries can be read here

There is a River Lea Catchment Partnership Meeting on Wednesday 20th March 2024, 6.00pm – 9.30pm at Welwyn Civic Centre.

For further details see Lea Conference Invite & Agenda

A lecture on the reintroduction of Eurasian Beavers to Britain and their role creating diverse wetlands while helping to reduce flooding will take place on Wednesday 28 February at 8pm in Welwyn Civic Centre.

 For details click here

Around the country 48 local nature recovery strategies (LNRS) are currently being prepared by the local authorities alongside other partners and stakeholders.  To find out more click here

There is a vacancy for a Chalk Rivers and Farm Advisory Officer, which has been externally funded by the Environment Agency for a 3 year fixed term period.  Details of the job and how to apply are here

The Autumn 2023 Water Quality Update for the River Lea and tributaries can be read here

The Winter 2023 newsletter can be read here

Catchment Sensitive Farming will be holding an event for farmers in the Upper Lee and Stort / Lower Lee and Lakes catchments on Friday 12 January 2024.

The INNS Out scheme which covers Affinity Water’s supply Area is now open for applications. Information can be obtained here.

 Anglian Water will be opening their INNS Grant Scheme for applications at the beginning of November. Their scheme is hosted on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website, where all details of the scheme and application forms will be located.

 Applications will be considered for funding of INNS control activities in 2024.

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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