The Mersey Rivers Trust's programme of events continued this summer with the Mersey Estuary Forum taking place on 11th July at Liverpool's Maritime Museum. Professor Peter Batey chaired the event, with a variety of speakers and the opportunity for a few people to get onto their 'soapbox'. Everyone was able to have their say and this was captured for the Catchment-based Approach too.

The Forum brings together representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors to discuss a wide variety of issues relating to the Mersey Estuary, ranging from broad strategic matters to very local topics affecting communities on the banks of the estuary. It provides an annual update and an opportunity for debate on topical issues associated with water quality and waterside regeneration in the Merseyside area and is now part of the new Catchment-based Approach.

River Basin Management Planning

The Environment Agency has published its response document to the recent Challenges and Choices Consultation about River Basin Management Planning.
Read all about it here.

Manchester and Pennine Waters Forum: 19 June 2014

In partnership with the Manchester and Pennine Canal and River Trust, the Healthy RiverTrust organised an event for over 100 delegates in Manchester on 19th June to focus on water issues in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Following last year's OUTBURST at the Lowry in Salford,and the recent Mersey Flow event at the Stockport Plaza Café, this year's Manchester and Pennine Waters Forum was another unmissable event of 2014:

The event, hosted jointly by the Mersey Rivers Trust and the Canal & River Trust, attracted over 100 delegates. It had something for everyone with an interest in our waterways, their sustainable future and the important role our rivers and canals have in the community. Contributions came from various areas of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Our guests included canal laureate Jo Bell, the Environment Agency's Mark Garrett and CEO of Canal & River Trust Richard Parry. A number of projects highlighted what's happening and gave inspiration for what can be achieved. Opportunities for a number of short "soapboxes" enabled a few delegates to have their say on a variety of interesting topics. In an interactive session, all the delegates were given the opportunity to 'vote' on various questions to inform the Catchment Based Approach of their priorities.

The Forum which was held at the Mechanics Institute, was followed by a guided visit to the Rochdale Canal through the city centre - one of the most "challenging" canal stretches in England.