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Fisheries survey with a boom

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Early July, under cover of darkness, fish are being counted on the Thames from Oxford to Henley. Using an electric fishing boat, affectionately known as the ‘boom boat’, Environment Agency Fisheries and Sampling teams are taking part in an annual national fish survey.

On this part of the Thames the water is deep, making the normal wading technique for sampling fish out of the question and so the ‘boom boat’ is used instead.

Anode in water - boom boat fish survey, photo courtesy of John Sutton EA

July 2013 Bulletin

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In this month's bulletin we have news from the UK River Restoration Centre workshop in the Netherlands about the importance of understanding river characteristics (sediment, hydrology and vegetation); SMART objective setting and how to monitor your project. Of course, updated information on the 5th European River Restoration Conference in Vienna 11 - 13 September 2013 & on the first European River Prize.

RESTORE July bulletin

RESTORE field visits to Germany and Switzerland

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Ulrika Åberg from the RRC writes about the field visit.

In May 2013 the UK River Restoration Centre and the Finish Environment Institute organised a joint RESTORE field visit to Germany and Switzerland. 28 participants from ten different European countries took part.

 

Particpants on field trip to River Isar

Thames 21 publishes reed bed report

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In 2010 Thames 21 visited the Cody Dock Reedbed, close to the mouth of the River Lea (UK), it was instantly clear what a wonderful place it was and how damaged it had become. In amongst the reeds it was beautiful and peaceful, but it was calf-deep in rubbish and Japanese Knotweed had grown across the reedbed, eating out its heart.

As part of the Love the Lea campaign,  Thames 21  commissioned a study into the use of  reedbeds along the Lee (or Lea) Navigation to improve water quality, boost the biodiversity value of the area and improve green space.

 

The independent report, funded by the Environment Agency, reveals huge potential for reedbeds on the river to boost biodiversity, reduce the effects of pollution and improve the area for social and amenity value within the lower Lee* Catchment. Reedbeds are regarded as one of the most important ecosystems on earth and are sometimes referred to as ‘the kidney of the landscape’ for their important role in filtering pollutants and maintaining fresh water health.

 

 

 

Room for the River as antidote to Europe’s flood woes

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By Paul Brotherton

As part of a training course on river restoration sponsored by the RESTORE project, I recently visited the Waal River, a main branch of the Rhine River, flowing through the Netherlands. Here the Dutch are making ‘Room for the River’, restoring floodplains to reduce the risks of floods and creating benefits for people and nature. On the heels of recent catastrophic floods in Central Europe, this approach deserves a closer look if Europe is to meet many of its growing environmental and social policy challenges, including climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

 

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