Friday, 16 August 2019 13:24

Wensum Stakeholder Workshop and Exhibition

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After two years of effort and much discussion, we have set a date to bring all the stakeholders together to agree a new goverenance structure to support the river and its challenges. The work in bringing together the Wensum Past Present and Future report, led us to believe anglers alone can't resolve the rivers challenges. This is all about working together for the better good. .

River Wensum Stakeholder Workshop 8th Oct 2019

Bawdeswell Village Hall , Reepham Road, Bawdeswell,  Norfolk, NR20 4RU

10:30     Wensum: Past, Present & Future Exhibition with Evidence, Gallery & Coffee

11:30     Workshop starts

13:00     Lunch

14:00     Group Syndicates

16:00     Close 

Attending?  Please book you availability using this link: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wensum-stakeholders-workshop-tickets-67205727139

 Drop In Exhibition.  An exhibition of artwork, articles and reference material from the Wensum will be available for the public to view throughout the day in the Activities room, as a public drop in centre.

 Workshop Arrangements. 

The Workshop will be held in the Main Hall.  Delegates will join structured themed groups, aligned to existing activities including morphology, flow, diffuse pollution, point source pollution, fisheries, invertebrates, and monitoring.

The day will commence with an introduction to the proposed Catchment Based approach.  The afternoon session will allow delegates, in groups, to contribute proposals and ideas regarding Project Governance, Objectives and Measurable Outcomes.

For reference, the River Wensum: Past, Present and Future paper and proposals circulated in June 2019 for consultation in July 2019 are available here.

Stakeholder Engagement is Key.  For the day to achieve most benefit, engagement and representation from across all stakeholders is essential.  The stakeholder community has clearly spent much effort in the previous decade on the River Wensum with varied levels of success in making improvements in addressing Water Framework Directive issues.  This a rare chance to make a difference in creating change in how the river is managed going forward to sustain what is, in our opinion, the East of England’s most precious river.

In Summary.  We look forward in seeing either yourself and/or a representative from your organisation on the 8th Oct 2019. Please book your place via the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wensum-stakeholders-workshop-tickets-67205727139

Kind Regards,

Kelvin & Cass

Kelvin Allen Chair Wensum Working Group

Cass Singleton Member Wensum Working Group

 

Monday, 15 July 2019 09:35

WWG meeting 9th July 2019

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Minutes from the meeting which took place at Great Witchingham Village Hall on the 9th July 2019

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See the attached latest restoration news from the river river Wensum commissioned by the EA and NE.

 

 

Sunday, 07 July 2019 08:34

NWWCA Forum 6th July 2019

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Notes and Actions from the NWW consultative forum from the 6th July 2019 at Nene House Kettering.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 22 June 2019 07:54

LOFFCA Minutes 8th April 2019

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Miinutes and presentations from the consultative 8th April 2019

Monday, 10 June 2019 14:12

Wensum Past Present and Future Consultation

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The document led from an investigation of issues impacting on roach within the Wensum, but as members Tim Ellis and Cass Singleton soon found. The surrounding catchment is having a real impact on the river, much of which was heavily reported and investigated back in 2009/10, but even with 1000's of pages of documented evidence little or no progress has been made on these core issues. Indeed some are now saying that with reduced highways maintenance, reduction in agriculture subsidies and many farmers converting to maize production, things have actually got worse.

With invertebrates reported by both S&TA and Buglife as at an all time low on the Wensum and seemingly poor levels of fish, any restoration works exposing clean gravels and back channels creating improved habitat, soon gets choked with silt and pollution and its back to square one, without fixing the core source of the issue.   

The doument gives a potted history of the Wensum and the issues it faces today, with a set of recommendations on how to moce this forward using a more consolidated approach, building on the Catchment Based Approach that has brought success to many river valleys across England.

The presentaion is available in the downloadable attachment below.

 

 

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:22

WWG meeting 9th April 2019

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Minutes from the meeting which took place at Great Witchingham Village Hall on the 9th April 2019

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 13:42

Fisheries Resilience Scheme 2019

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Open letter to the Nene Welland and Witham consultative on grants to fisheries this spring.

We are writing to Angling Clubs and fisheries across the Environment Agency Lincs and Northants Area to offer the oppertunity to bid into a Rfieries Resilience Scheme.

This fund is designed for purchase of equipment to ensure that your club can be proactive in its management during times of environmental stress such as too much or too little rain. By having equipment directly at your disposal this will enable you to keep a close eye on the water quality, manage your fishery in a sustainable manner and respond promptly when required.

Further details about this scheme are:

The maximum bid available is £1000.  

  • The monies must be spent on aeration equipment (pumps, aerators, dissolved oxygen meters)
  • Any unspent monies must be returned to the Environment Agency
  • The equipment’s sole use is to assist with the enhancement and resilience of your clubs’ fisheries.
  • The scheme is only available for this year and bids need to be received by Monday 6th May 2019.
  • Receipts for the equipment purchased must be available for review by the Environment Agency up until two years after purchase.
  • We reserve the right to visit your site to ensure that the equipment is being used as intended.

 If you are interested in bidding into this scheme, please send a completed application form to Liz Sroga, Environment Agency, Ceres House, Searby Road, Lincoln, LN2 4DW or Liz.sroga@environment-agency.gov.uk .  The form is available here.

Kind regards

Manfai Tang

Environment Manager

Lincs and Northamptonshire area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 08 April 2019 09:11

NWWCA Forum 6th April 2019

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Notes and Actions from the NWW consultative forum from the 6th April 2019 at Nene House Kettering.

 

 

 

Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:34

Calls fors a consolidated approach on the Wensum

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Kelvin Allen Chair of the Wensum Working Group has met with key stakeholders and presented a case of a consolidated approach in dealing with defused pollution and restoration from the current state of affairs.

The presentation led from an investigation of issues impacting on roach within the Wensum, but as members Tim Ellis and Cass Singleton soon found. The surrounding catchment is having a real impact on the river, much of which was heavily reported and investigated back in 2009/10, but even with 1000's of pages of documented evidence little or no progress has been made on these core issues. Indeed some are now saying that with reduced highways maintenance, reduction in agriculture subsidies and many farmers converting to maize production, things have actually got worse.

With invertebrates reported by both S&TA and Buglife as at an all time low on the Wensum and seemingly poor levels of fish, any restoration works exposing clean gravels and back channels creating improved habitat, soon gets choked with silt and pollution and its back to square one, without fixing the core source of the issue.   

There has been some positive feedback following the presentation and a number of groups now want to discuss a more consolidated approach, building on the Catchment Based Approach that has brought success to many river valleys across England.

Time will only tell, if this is the start of a journey of improvement.

The presentaion is available in the downloadable attachment below.

 

 

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