Jane Madgwick sits down with Alastair Driver, National Conservation Manager of the UK Environment Agency to discuss the impact in London and the UK after the River Thames won the Internatioanl RiverPrize. Alastair highlights some of the current projects of the Environment Agency and what the future needs are. This is one of the seven River Talk videos recorded at the European River Restoration Conference in Vienna in September 2013.
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River conservation is ‘blind’ without high-resolution monitoring
Scientists from the University of Portsmouth have been investigating nutrient concentrations in the Upper River Itchen, in Hampshire, UK, on behalf of Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) to better understand where phosphorus is coming from and how it is impacting river ecology. The work has been ongoing for over three years and Lauren Mattingley, Science Officer for S&TC says: “Continuous monitoring of phosphorus has improved our understanding of nutrient dynamics in the Itchen. So far, the...
The Future of Fresh Water
Around the world, sustained effort will be necessary to ensure adequate supplies Fresh water is becoming more and more scarce across the globe, and in the absence of adequate countermeasures, the trend is expected to continue in the future. With demand growing and sources dwindling, water scarcity already touches approximately 2.8 billion people from every continent for at least one month a year, and more than 1.2 billion people have no access to clean drinking water. Shrinking supply and growing demand for...
Tucson to Revive River with Recycled Wastewater
Plan will take advantage of existing water reuse facilities Traveler Julius Froebel once described the lush river valley that he encountered on his 1855 trip along the Santa Cruz River as: […] covered with poplars and willows, ash-trees and plantains, oaks and walnut trees […] Some portions of the valley are of such grand, rich and simple beauty […] that they would be remarkable in any part of the world. But that was before there ever was a city of Tucson, Arizona, on the site. Historic...
World Water Day 22 March, 2018
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, ‘Nature for Water’, explores nature-based solutions (NBS) to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. The campaign is called ‘The answer is in nature’ and raises awareness of NBS. The central message is that NBS, such as planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands, is a sustainable...
Oysters act as a natural seawater filtration system
Environmental educators in Pensacola are acquainting kids with water filtration in a new, hands-on way. Instead of a class turtle, these students are raising baby oysters. This program is sponsored by the Pensacola Bay Oyster Company and supports a local nonprofit, the Bream Fisherman Association, in its efforts to educate a new generation on marine wildlife preservation. Students contribute to the efforts to expand oyster populations in Pensacola Bay by purchasing and raising baby oysters (spat). It is a challengi...