Gathering evidence from Micker Brook
After a dry October, aqautic scientists waiting for the right conditions to take water samples along the Micker Brook finally gathered the evidence they needed on a November day of heavy rain.
The aquatic biologists from APEM Ltd are discovering what's in the water that runs off the urban landscape into the 33 km stretch of the Micker Brook, a tributary of the River Mersey. This is the first part of a project that involves testing the water in the the Micker Brook, part of which is known as the Ladybrook. The 33km stretch of river runs through Hazel Grove and Bramhall then through Cheadle Hulme and Cheadle before it meets the River Mersey. Several teams of APEM's water quality specialists were out along this stretch in the rain, all at the same time to make sure the conditions were similar. The Healthy Waterways Trust was with them on the day.
The Micker Brook project received a £26,840 grant from Catchment Wise, a fund established by water company United Utilities to help catchment hosts like the Healthy Waterways Trust deliver water quality schemes.
In the second part of the project, the Healthy Waterways Trust has been engaging with locals in various ways, based on the scientists' findings.
Interpretation of the Carbon Landscape
The Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership has now published an interpretation report for 'The Carbon Landscape' that beautifully sets the scene of area the partnership is concerned with. This area closely matches the Glaze sub-catchment of the River Mersey.
The Healthy Rivers Trust is a member of the Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership along with other partners such as Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, Wigan Borough Council, Warrington Borough Council, Salford City Council, Red Rose Forest, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Greater Manchester Ecology Unit, Wigan Conservation and Leisure Trust, Environment Agency, Woolston Eyes Conservation Group and several of the North West's Universities. The Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership has submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Carbon Landscape project.
Last chance to respond to SuDS consultation
A joint DEFRA and DCLG consultation on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) proposals ended on 24th October 2014, accessible via this link: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/water/delivering-sustainable-drainage-systems.
All three of the Mersey catchment partnerships have responded with a letter such as the examplehere.