Human impacts on river water quality have long been recognised. In more recent years focus has switched to the physical damage of rivers – caused by altering flows, channelisation, the construction of flood defences, dredging and weir/dam impoundment. Restoration activities aim to restore the biodiversity and key features of rivers that are lost through physical damage.Defining restoration:
“River restoration is the re-establishment of natural physical processes (e.g. variation of flow and sediment movement), features (e.g. sediment sizes and river shape) and physical habitats of a river system (including submerged, bank and floodplain areas)” CREW River Restoration and Biodiversity, 2016
A natural river has processes that create habitats supporting rich wildlife & species diversity – find out more on our river habitats & wildlife page.
Here are some of the restoration projects already delivered within the catchment.