Case study:Cumbria River Restoration Strategy

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Project overview

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Status In progress
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Themes Environmental flows and water resources, Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology
Country England
Main contact forename Becky Gray
Main contact surname & Olly Southgate
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Contact organisation Natural England & Environment Agency
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Partner organisations Eden Rivers Trust, West Cumbria Rivers Trust, South Cumbria Rivers Trust
This is a parent project
encompassing the following
projects
Cumbria River Restoration Program - Whitbeck restoration project - West Cumbria, Removal of Carleton Hall weir, Eamont Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria, Removing Sheepmount weir, River Caldew, Carlisle, Cumbria, River Leith Restoration Project, Thrimby, Penrith, Cumbria, River Lyvennet River Restoration Project at Maulds Meaburn, Penrith, Cumbria, Whit Beck River Restoration Project
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The Cumbria River Restoration Strategy was developed to help deliver the joint Natural England and Environment Agency obligation to improve the quality and function of the Eden, Derwent and Kent SSSI/SAC catchments. This partnership functions by working with the River Trusts (Eden, West Cumbria and South Cumbria respectively) who plan and deliver these projects in their respective catchments. Most of the rivers within these catchments are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). These are recognised as being the best examples of this type of river throughout Europe for the river habitat and the species they support. Because of their importance for conservation, they are designated as Protected Areas under WFD. WFD requires ‘Measures’ to be put in place to deliver ‘favourable condition’ for each Protected Area. Favourable condition includes restoring near natural processes to the river which includes flow and sediment transport.

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This video on the CRRS was created to demonstrate the works which had been implemented: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwchwblcMmc

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Name Cumbria River Restoration Strategy
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Project started 2014/03/03
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Works completed 2015/11/02
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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure Improve quality and function of Rivers Derwent, Eden and Kent
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