in this issue…

Designated Bathing | Tees Swale Team Away Day | Ousewem Update | New Equipment | Volunteer Update | Take action to help rivers

What’s been happening this month…

From national TV interviews to team away days – we’ve had a busy month!
Please read on to find out more – and if you like what you read – please share!
Photo: River Enhancement Project Manager, Sarah Lonsdale being interviewed by BBC

Tees Swale project

A day out for staff and trustees to meet up, as well as the chance to learn more about one of our projects is always time well spent. Earlier this month we travelled north to Teesdale to see the work of YDRT Project Manager, Tim Longstaff. The latest update from our long term Tees Swale, multi partner project using innovative techniques to reduce toxic pollution from historic metal mines can be accessed via the button below:
Photo: YDRT staff and trustees at our recent Team Away Day

Ousewem Project Update

Take a deep dive into Ousewem, an innovative flood resilience project that’s making waves across North Yorkshire communities. Ousewem will identify and deliver nature-based solutions (NbS), including natural flood measures (NFM) to reduce flood risk in vulnerable North Yorkshire communities, spanning Yorkshire’s Swale, Ure, Nidd and Ouse (SUNO) catchments.
We are proud to be Ousewem’s delivery partner. To find out more about our collaborative effort to deliver NFM click on the button below:

Take Action to help our rivers!

Sewage pollution, floods, droughts, species decline, loss of habitats, invasive species… Every day there seems to be more bad news for our rivers. The good news is that its now even easier to find out how you can make a difference though our new website tab entitled ‘Take Action‘. A visit here offers all the information you need for: supporting us with a donationvolunteering with ussaving waterreporting sewage pollution and reporting invasive species.
And, with the general election just weeks away you can also use your power as a voter to stand up for our rivers and advocate for their protection and restoration. By engaging your local candidate in person or online with some key questions you can be a voice for nature. Click on the button below to access The River’s Trust list of questions to ask candidates and its suggestions of other actions you can take to help make this election a #VoteForRivers:

Calling time on pollution for River Nidd

We were thrilled to be part of the national BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio York coverage for Defra’s announcement of 27 new bathing water designations earlier this month. Our Project Manager for River Enhancement, Sarah Lonsdale was a key spokesperson for the newly designated section of the River Nidd at the Lido leisure park in Knaresborough, along with David Clayden from the Nidd Action Group and Andrew Jones MP.
The new designation doesn’t confirm that the River Nidd is safe to swim in − we shall officially find this out in September when the Environment Agency (EA) reveal the results of their monitoring − although currently citizen science testing does reveal high levels of harmful bacteria. The designation is instead a positive step forward in protecting the river, ensuring increased monitoring by the EA and tighter regulations for water companies to reduce sewage pollution. You can read the full story and listen to Sarah’s BBC interviews via the button below:

Volunteer Update

Our volunteers will soon be benefitting from this spring’s BigGive appeal, in which we raised a total £5225 through match funded donations. Some of this money has already been used for vital river fly equipment to upskill our growing volunteer team, along with corresponding safety equipment to enable larger groups to work safely together in and beside rivers.
NB. Many aquatic invertebrate animals cannot survive in polluted water, so their presence or absence (through river fly monitoring) is a helpful indicator of river health.
If you are interested in volunteering with us – with full training given on river fly monitoring and Invasive Non Native Species identification and removal – please email Jenny, our Volunteer and Engagement Officer via the button below:
Photo: Some of our new RiverFly equipment

We are hiring – last chance to apply

We have an exciting opportunity to deliver practical actions to improve the catchment’s natural environment and resilience to climate change through the Ousewem project. Click on the button below to find out more about a new Project Officer/Senior Project Officer job opportunityApplication deadline is Monday 3 June.