Rivers by Design - updated


RESTORE's Rivers by Design guide to river restoration for land-use professionals has had a few minor changes, including an update to the table showing the benefits of river restoration in the planning and development process.

The guide shows the crucial role planners, architects and developers the crucial role they can play in river restoratation. The document explains the contexty and need for river restoration and provides guidance on planing projects to make sure sustainable development is achieved.

Water pollution decreasing but more to be done


The EU announced that the latest Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive reveals that nitrates concentrations are slightly decreasing in both surface and groundwater and sustainable agricultural practices are more widespread. Although the overall trend is positive, nitrates pollution and eutrophication – the excess growth of weeds and algae that suffocates life in rivers and seas – are still causing problems in many Member States and further action is needed to bring the waters in the European Union to a good status within a reasonable timescale.

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The UK’s rivers are in the best shape they have been for two decades but there is still more to do. The Environment Agency is working with organisations all over the country to restore rivers that have been lost or forgotten.  Europe has set tough standards for improving rivers but these targets are important drivers for change. Restored rivers rejuvenate neighbourhoods for local communities, help fish and wildlife and reduce flood risk.