Catchment Restoration Fund announced


Environment secretary Caroline Spelman announced a £110 million fund to improve the health of more than 880 lakes, streams and other water bodies, and to increase local involvement in caring for them.

£92 million will be provided over the next four years to remove non-native invasive species, clear up pollution and remove redundant dams, weirs, landings and other man-made structures to enhance biodiversity in water catchments across England.

The funding will be shared between the Environment Agency, Natural England and civil society associations such as the Association of Rivers Trusts to build on successful work.  

A significant portion of the funding will be used to support new local projects across the country through a Catchment Restoration fund.  Funding from the Catchment Restoration fund will be available from next year, to co-fund projects to restore and protect the health of our water catchments by bringing together those responsible for causing pollution, those who want to see cleaner waters and the agencies that provide scientific evidence to underpin decisions.

£18 million will be provided this year to continue to help farmers put in place measures to protect watercourses and take other action to prevent agricultural pollution, under the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme.

For more information please see the Defra news release.  More information on the Catchment Restoration Fund will be posted on this blog when it becomes available.

You may also be interested in the “Our Rivers” campaign, which is led by WWF-UK, RSPB, the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association.

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One Comment

  1. Rattan
    Posted 9 June, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    “(…)Environment secretary Caroline Spelman announced a £110 million fund to improve the health of more than 880 lakes, streams and other water bodies, and to increase local involvement in caring for them.(…)”
    Now that what i call a fair money spending! Nice one :)

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