The River Wear has many different industries and land uses throughout its catchment area and as the recipient of rainfall, surface water runoff and groundwater fed springs, its health is often determined by management activities which have taken place above or below ground and sometimes well away from any visible watercourses. Protecting the health of the river therefore requires an integrated multidisciplinary approach which often involves representatives from many different sectors including local authorities, academia, landowners, water companies, local businesses, communities and recreation clubs. By focusing on effective partnership working and developing grass roots projects with local communities which work with natural processes rather than against them, the trust has been able to develop and deliver a wide range of projects tackling issues including rural diffuse pollution, mine water pollution, non-native invasive species, urban runoff, flooding, habitat degradation and connectivity, groundwater protection and more.
The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) is a civil society-led initiative that works in partnership with NGOs, Government, Local Authorities, Water Companies, businesses etc, to maximise the natural value of our environment. To learn more see the link below.
The Wear Rivers Trust could not achieve what is has and what it aims to achieve in the future without the assistance of its dedicated network of volunteers. Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills and experience to our organisation, helping us to deliver conservation objectives that would be unachievable without them. We offer a variety of volunteer roles for both individuals and groups. You don’t have to know anything about rivers, fish or wildlife to volunteer with us; all we ask is that you share our goal of wanting to improve and conserve the River Wear catchment.
Engaging with communities is essential for achieving and sustaining improvements to watercourses within the Wear catchment. We always aim to involve the community in every watercourse improvement we undertake, instilling a sense of pride and ownership in a watercourse within the local community is the only truly sustainable way to achieve long term improvements for a watercourse. Bringing the community together to focus on making local watercourses better places for all to enjoy is vital to ensure a continuing legacy of care and improvement for them.
We're always on the look out for new volunteers. If you would be interested in learning more please check out our 'Get Involved' section via the link below.
The Trust is dedicated to improving the health of the River Wear, through a combination of observations, monitoring, research and citizen science. This task is accomplished by our team who are collectively devoted to creating a better Wear for all. Our staff members have a wide range of specialist skills in order to provide this service, from ecologists to education officers, hydrogeologists to flood risk analysis. In areas where we may be lacking in specialist expertise we often know of where/who to find the answer through our extensive network of universities, technical experts, environmental organisations and local specialists.
Together with our project partners, the WRT are involved in a number of exciting and areas of research, development and project delivery, including; surface water / groundwater interaction, peatland restoration, pollutant receptor assessment, natural flood management, diffuse metal pollution, water governance & policy, channel naturalisation and a novel digital storytelling method through the Storymaps project.
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