Case study:Love My River

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Location: 53° 39' 25", -2° 38' 32"
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Project overview

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Status In progress
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Themes Economic aspects, Environmental flows and water resources, Habitat and biodiversity, Monitoring, Water quality
Country England
Main contact forename Pauline
Main contact surname Taylor
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Contact organisation Groundwork CLM
Contact organisation web site http://www.groundwork.org.uk/clm
Partner organisations • Local Authorities including Wigan and Chorley Council, West Lancashire Borough Council
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River Douglas Catchment Partnership

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Love My River is a community led project developed by Groundwork CLM. Its main aims are tackling river pollution and creating a legacy that will protect the future of its waterways for years to come. It has so far carried out improvements at the River Chor and River Tawd in Lancashire.

Monitoring surveys and results

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Love My River involves teams of volunteers undertaking weekly river walkovers as well as other small scale projects to improve water quality.

The team carry out regular water quality surveys, INNS (Invasive Non Native Species) removal and habitat management works along the river. They have also carried out a number of clean up days, which have not only been well supported, but also yielded excellent results:

• Nearly 20km of river protected or improved • 9717km² of land improved • 827 volunteers hours secured; involving general public, students, partnering organisations and local businesses • 179 bags of rubbish removed, along with tyres, shopping trolleys and other debris • A local ‘friends’ group being set up to continue work with the local Council and schools

As well as significantly improving local environments, Love My River has also:

• brought stakeholders and communities together • generated interest and support towards improving the local water environment • engaged people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with local waterways and green spaces, providing health and wellbeing benefits • built capacity by providing training and learning opportunities and; • given people an opportunity to make a real difference to the area they live in.

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Name Love My River - Community-Led Project
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Mitigation of a pressure
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Management interventions Walkover surveys and water sample data collection, Clean-up days
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