Managing Water for Multiple Benefits - 15th March
CaBA Brand smallAn event focused urban water management is coming to Manchester on 15th March, It's organized by the Catchment-Based Approach (CaBA) national support group in collaboration with the Mersey Rivers Trust for the benefit of Catchment Partnerships.

The one-day training workshop on urban water management is free and includes lunch.

Speakers include:
• Councillor Derek Antrobus, Salford City Council and Chair of the NW regional Flood and Coastal Committee
• Paul Chapman, Lewisham Council
• Rick Rogers, St Helen's Council
• Paul Shaffer, CIRIA

The workshop at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester is one of several being held across England This will be a useful event to explore working together for a better urban water environment. To book a place at the one-day workshop, please register here.

Trib2Name the Stream Competition 

Voting is now open via the link below.

A local stream's name is currently being decided by public vote. Suggested names submitted in a competition held in 2015 have been shortlisted. Voting is now open to help name the stream that flows from Cheadle Hulme to Cheadle. Anyone can now vote for the name they like best from the shortlist. 

>> Click here to vote for your favourite now!

 Local residents entered the competition to find a name for the nameless tributary that runs between Cheadle College and Bruntwood Park. The competition was open only to local people, and has attracted many entries. Cheadle Estate Agents, Mitchell Williams have promised a bottle of champagne for the winning suggestion. The judges decision is final and a draw will take place if the winning name was originally suggested by more than one person.  

Voting is open until 31st March, so place your vote now!

Consultation on Diffuse Pollution from Agriculture

Defra has launched a consultation on a small number of new basic rules for farmers in England to help tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture and is interested in your views on these proposals. 

The consultation runs for 8 weeks, from 30 September to 24 November 2015 so please respond byTuesday 24 November. 

The proposed rules aim to improve the efficiency of farms, protect the water environment and to support competitive agriculture. 

Farming naturally impacts on the water environment and many farmers already take action to reduce this impact, perhaps as a result of advice or incentives such as Countryside Stewardship or through industry-led or water company action. The new rules will provide a new baseline for industry practice which will increase overall competiveness and efficiency and improve the environment by reducing pollution from agriculture.   

You can access the consultation from