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Catchment Restoration Fund River Improvement Projects

In 2012 the Trust won funding to deliver over £4 million of restoration work over three years on river catchments across the South West. River and catchment restoration projects are underway on the Dart and Teign, the Axe and Exe, the Rivers of South Hams, theRivers of South Cornwall and the Taw.

Although these are some of the Southwest’s most iconic and beautiful rivers, each of them has its own problems, both current and historic, which limit their ability to function naturally. These river improvement projects will improve the health of vital river ecosystems through targeted habitat management work and by reducing the amount of pollution entering the rivers. River connectivity will also be improved by removing historic obstacles such as weirs. These obstacles block animal migration and effectively disconnect what should be a single continuum of habitat.

 

 

The Trust made the successful bids to the Environment Agency to win funding from the Catchment Restoration Fund, a fund made available by Defra as a result of commitments made by the government in last year’s Natural Environment White Paper. This work will also help Britain to meet national targets for environmental protection and sustainable development, as well as EU targets set out under the Water Framework Directive and several other international directives.

 

 

 

Project Briefing Notes

The Trust and the Environment have produced project briefing notes for each of the Trusts five CRF Projects and you can download them here... 

The Axe and Exe River Improvement Project (AERIP)

The Dart and Teign River Improvement Project (DTRIP)

The South Cornwall River Improvement Project (SCRIP)

The South Hams River Improvement Project (SHRImP)

The Taw River Improvement Project (TRIP)

 

 

CRF Project Leaflets

We have produced a series of CRF Project Infomation leaflets which explain what we are trying to acheive in each of the River Improvement Projects. You can download these leaflets in pdf from using the links below...

The Axe and Exe River Improvement Project (AERIP)

The Dart and Teign River Improvement Project (DTRIP)

The South Cornwall River Improvement Project (SCRIP)

The South Hams River Improvement Project (SHRImP)

The Taw River Improvement Project (TRIP)

 

 

Taw River Improvement Project

The Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) is managing the Taw River Improvement Project on behalf of the project partnership. The project is funded through the Catchment Restoration Fund to deliver improvements in ‘Ecological Status’ across the catchment under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). 

The TRIP Science Day, held at the North Wyke Rothamsted Research Institute on the 19th September 2013, was a chance to hear about some of the research and monitoring work that is going on within the Taw catchment to improve our understanding of the reasons why some sections are failing good ecological status.  .

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