Stockport Mersey Flow Event
The Mersey Rivers Trust held an event at Stockport Plaza on 3rd April to enable people to contribute in the first steps towards a vision for the future of the River Mersey and its tributaries. The event held in the Stockport Plaza Café was filled to capacity. It was an enjoyable late afternoon giving people an opportunity to share their memories and aspirations over cream teas served in the nostalgic café.
Japanese Visit to Salford Quays
Caroline Riley spent her first day at the Mersey Rivers Trust, 1st November 2013, at Salford Quays hosting a visit by Tatsuya Ando from the Japenese River Restoration Centre. Heather Webb of APEM Ltd showed him the highly acclaimed aeration project for the Manchester Ship Canal. The site visit was organised by the River Restoration Centre in Britain and delivered in partnership with APEM Ltd and the Environment Agency. Tatsuya wished to visit the River Mersey on a tour of Swiss and UK river restoration projects. He saw many parallels with projects he works on in Japan and was impressed by the size of the project and the ship canal.
Healthy Rivers Trust Litter boat leads Irwell spring clean
A specially designed litter boat and staff from a local business led a spring clean on Manchester's River Irwell. The purpose built litter boat was purchased with funding from the Healthy Rivers Trust and Salford City Council. Funding from the Environment Agency allows it to operate about once a week along the Irwell between Salford Quays and Manchester Cathedral.
Staff from the Cargill factory in Trafford Park spent a day aboard the Irwell Litter Vessel collecting rubbish from the river where it passes through Manchester city centre.
Amongst the 36,000 litres of litter collected by the boat in the last year has been an old guitar, hundreds of floating footballs and a message in a bottle. The most common problems are plastic bottles, food wrappers and natural debris, which are blown or washed into the river from all over the city and collect in litter hotspots.
The litter boat is the latest step in the decades long clean-up of the River Irwell, once one of the dirtiest and most polluted in the country. The hugely successful clean-up has seen businesses and residents flock back to the river, with an estimated 48,000 workers and 10,000 residents now living and working in close proximity to it. Around 100,000 pedestrians cross the river on a daily basis.
In addition to the river clean up, twenty Cargill employees cleaned up the area around the Trafford Park site, collecting about 40 bags of litter – not to mention an old car bumper.
Professor Peter Batey, chair of the Healthy Rivers Trust, said: “One of the main objectives of the Healthy Rivers Trust is to tackle litter. The Irwell Pride litter boat is a fantastic way to remove debris and maintain clean and healthy waterways where communities, businesses and ecosystems can all flourish.”
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