New partnership for Isle of Wight rivers

By a County Press reporter

Monday, March 24, 2014

 

RIVER restoration, water resources and quality will be at the heart of a series of Isle of Wight workshops organised by Natural Enterprise and the Environment Agency.

They hope the workshops will help bring together groups and individuals interested in water management, leading to the creation a new partnership, Island Rivers.

Carol Flux, of Natural Enterprise, said: "There are many challenges to consider; straightened and damaged river channels, water shortages, pipe misconnections from homes leading to water pollution and of course flood control and sustainable drainage.

"The positive collaboration of agencies and local communities, local authority and voluntary sector, business and commercial interests that is at the heart of a new partnership — Island Rivers — will deliver the best chance of success."

The workshops will be Ryde Rivers (to include Monkton Mead, Palmers Brook and Blackbridge Brook) on March 31, 10am to 12.30pm at Havenstreet Steam Railway; West Wight Rivers (to include Western Yar, Caul Bourne and Chines streams) on April 4, 10am to 12.30pm at West Wight Sport Centre and the Eastern Yar and tributaries (including Scotchells Brook and Wroxall Stream) on April 9, from 10am to 12.30pm at Arreton Community Centre.

Natural Enterprise said the Medina had been excluded because it was already supported by Newport Rivers Group, which has undertaken similar work for the past 18 years.

Its projects have included Town Gate Pond recreation, improved fish populations in the Medina, the Newport Mill Trail and the opening of Pan Mill Meadows to the public.

Anyone who would like to attend can contact Carol Flux on 07790 906232.

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