River stewardship links
Calder Future (part of Calderdale Sustainability Forum) is a partnership between the local community and agencies which have responsibility for waterways within the Calder Valley, to bring a co-ordinated approach to river and canal improvements and provide volunteering opportunities for those that live and work next to the water.
The River Stewardship Company works to improve the waterways for people and wildlife. They passionately believe in the value of well maintained waterways as beautiful places for people to relax and enjoy, as rich habitats for wildlife and as desirable settings for businesses and residents.
Natural flood management links
The SOURCE is a working partnership with a long term vision of ecological restoration in the headwaters of the River Calder.
It aims to:- minimize flash flooding through appropriately-sited tree planting and moorland restoration, treat damaged land and control erosion, improve the quality of the River Calder, undertake educational activities and encourage volunteering so that people of all ages and from all walks of life become aware of the value of our rivers and uplands.
see also https://www.youtube.com/user/pennineprospects
The woodlands of the South Pennines are a crucial environmental, economic and social resource. The woodlands provide a range of ecosystem services to communities within the South Pennines and the surrounding conurbations eg through helping to slow the rate of flow of rainwater through the various catchments of the area. Woodlands can also provide a vital resource for the development of a local “green economy” either as a source of fuel or as a setting for traditional rural crafts.
Woodland for Water: Woodland measures for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives - an evaluation of the key issues relating to woodland and the Water Framework Directive.
Opportunity mapping - woodland for water. The benefits of woodland creation for water are increasingly being recognised by the water regulatory authorities and others as having an important role to play in improving the condition of the water environment and meeting the objectives of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). This includes helping to reduce diffuse pollution from rural and urban sources, and restoring the condition of riparian and aquatic habitats.
Another water service provided by woodland is the ability to ‘slow the flow’ and thus help to reduce downstream flood risk. Managing the risk of flooding to householders is a major challenge for the country and one that is expected to increase in the future with climate change.
- Downloadable PDFs (click on the image to open)
If you have visited the moorlands of the Peak District and South Pennines or flown over them recently you may have seen the start of a green revolution. Since 2003, Moors for the Future have been working to reverse more than 200 years of damage that left large areas of these uplands bare of vegetation.
Individual land owners and managers in the Peak District realised that the problem of moorland erosion could not be tackled by one organisation alone and in February 2003 the Moors for the Future Partnership was formed.
Habitat Action Plans - blanket bog and upland heathland.
Peninne Prospects was formed in 2005. We exist to raise the profile and develop a positive image for the Southern Pennines through a dynamic, innovative and forward thinking approach based on a strong ethos of partnership working, and focused on delivering achievements to support sub-regional strategies as they are developed. MoorWatch is one of these initiatives.
This project ran from 2010 until 2013. It was designed to conserve and enhance the environmental and heritage value of the upland area of the South Pennines, while improving access for all and bringing the story of the uplands to an urban audience.
Moors for the Future is a partnership project to restore large parts of the internationally important Peak District moors. Through a programme of new initiatives it aims to: take peat samples, raise awareness of why the moors are special and encourage responsible use and care of the landscape, restore and conserve important recreational and natural moorland resources and develop expertise on how to protect and manage the moors sustainably.
- Downloadable PDF (click on the image to open)
Farmers and landowners
The maintenance and clearance of watercourses plays a key role in managing water levels and reducing the risk of flooding. If you have land or property next to a river, stream or ditch you are a Riparian Owner and have a legal obligation to maintain the conveyance of water flowing through watercourses across your land. This can be achieved in the following ways:
Maintaining the flow: water should flow through your land in its natural quality and quantity and have the responsibility to pass on the flow without obstruction, pollution or diversion. You should clear any debris affecting the flow within the watercourses and from any structures such as culverts and weirs.
On the bank: banks should be kept clear of anything that could cause an obstruction and increase flood risk to you or those downstream. You should maintain any trees, shrubs or vegetation on the banks.
Structures: works to create or alter a structure which affects the flow in the watercourse needs consent. Any works undertaken close to a watercourse may also require consent.
Defending your property: you have the right to defend your property from flooding and your land from erosion. However, this should not be the detriment of your neighbouring land owners.