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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

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:10

Previous Wensum Fishery Study Papers 2007-2013

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See the attached previous histroic papers on the river Wensum fishery commissioned by the EA

 

 

Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:48

Wensum Rural Sediment Tracing Report 2010

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The Environment Agency enlisted APEM to undertake a detailed study of sediment tracing acorss the Wensum in 2010.

To read the full technical research paper click here.

How this gets resolved is another issue!

 

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Following further studies from the Environment Sciences team at UEA led by Richard Cooper, their studies have concluded through the analysis of water and riverbed sediment samples across the river Wensum catchment, their research demonstrates that STW;s significantly impact upon the phosphorus dynmics of this lowland calcareous river system.

To read the full technical research paper click here.

How this gets resolved is another issue!

 

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:51

River Wensum - the battle continues

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The group continues with its objection to the planned recycling plant in Lenwade, which the applicate has now applied for a 2nd time.

We have not only got a letter of objection from Mark Lloyd this time round, but are lobbying hard with Natural England on why they have no objections to this plant adjacent to a SSSI and SAC which Natural England are paid to protect.

See http://eplanning.norfolk.gov.uk/PlanAppDisp.aspx?AppNo=C%2f5%2f2017%2f5007 Both Mark's letter and my own from WWG are available to view from this link.

If any body wants to offer their support to this objection, please email your comments to mawp@norfolk.gov.uk

Regards

Kelvin

 

 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:35

Wensum Previous Study Reports

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The attached reports date back to 2009-2012 when the Environment Agency asked for some extensive studies into fish recruitment, habitats and behaviours.

Much of this still stands today.

 

 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 10:36

Wensum Survey 2017

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Click on the link above access a fresh copy of the Wensum Valley Survey below.

 

Many thanks to Terry Lawton for pulling this together on behalf of the Wensum Working Group.

For more information on the group and their aims and objectives take a look at the following WWG pages. http://aterforum.co.uk/index.php/wwg-home