A big well done and thank you to the Leeds, Bradford and Upper Aire PSO team (pictured below), which took part in a river stewardship environmental leave day last Thursday to tackle a huge ‘plasberg’ that had formed on the River Aire in Leeds by Knostrop weir.
The ‘plasberg’ was the name given to a large quantity of plastic waste that had collected in the river. The exercise to clear it was carried out by River Stewardship Company in partnership with the Environment Agency, Canal and Rivers Trust, Leeds City Council and local residents. Despite the pouring rain the team worked hard to pull 63 large bags of waste from the river and its banks, successfully clearing the ‘plasberg’ and making a big difference to an area which had been blighted by single-use plastic pollution for many months.
The event is part of a wider stewardship initiative in Leeds which is helping to establish a collaborative, sustainable programme of activity across the City waterways.
FCRM Officer, Jenny Barlow, said: “The fantastic efforts by our partners and volunteers helps meet the aspirations of Defra’s 25 year plan to minimise the waste we’re all producing to improve the environment in which we live and work. We can all make small differences to help tackle the plastics problem, for example swapping single-use plastic water bottles and bags for re-usable ones to help to stop plastic rubbish ending up in our rivers and seas.
“So much rubbish can also pose a flood risk, so events such as this help to support our teams, who work hard behind the scenes to reduce flood risk to homes and businesses across the region every day.”
Photo credit: Environment Agency
The River Stewardship Company and it’s partners on the Lower Don Valley Flood Defence Project has been shortlisted for the Flood and Coast 2018 Project Excellence Awards!
The annual awards aim to recognise excellent projects developed or supported by local authorities, internal drainage boards and the Environment Agency, as well as community level initiatives.
The Lower Don Valley Flood Defence Project has been nominated for it’s excellence in ‘Working in Partnership’. The project has delivered a coordinated approach to flood risk management involving statutory bodies Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and a wide range of local businesses and landowners.
The winners are to be announced at the Flood and Coast Conference in Telford on the 21st March, so watch this space for results!
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