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Planning for the future of Kent’s Rivers

photo by MLP

photo by MLP

When you think of a Kentish river what springs to mind? The calm waters of the Medway Estuary on a summer’s evening? The trout rich, chalk streams around Canterbury?

Kent has some of the most beautiful and rich rivers and coastal waters of any county but many of our waterways are in trouble.

Catchment Improvement Plans are being created to pinpoint the problems and find solutions. The plans have been developed from the Water Framework Directive which became law in the UK in 2003. The directive aims to deliver a better water environment in Britain and classifies our rivers as in Good, Moderate or Poor status based on years of survey work, analysing everything from chemical input to fish numbers to how human influence has modified the river bed and banks.

Carol J Donaldson Associate has been working with Medway and Swale Estuary Partnership and The Environment Agency to create two plans; The Medway Estuary Transitional and Coastal Waters Plan and the North Kent and Swale Catchment Plan.

These documents bring together all the available information for the catchment, identify the problems and propose a number of solutions. Proposed projects range from tackling invasive species, reducing pollution, removing obstructions which prevent fish and eels migrating along rivers and increasing opportunities for the public to learn about and become involved in improving our rivers.

The plans will be submitted to the Catchment Improvement Group shortly and will go out for public consultation in the next few months.

To find out more and how to become involved e-mail

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