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April 2021

Andrew McKenzie: Groundwater flooding on Chalk aquifers; rare events or short memories?

April 21 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance presentation, hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Water levels in the Chalk naturally vary seasonally, and when levels rise high enough water will start to flow in ‘bournes’ and ephemeral streams that are often a characteristic of the Chalk landscape. In particularly wet conditions high groundwater levels can cause more widespread flooding and may cause damage or disruption to local communities. Significant groundwater flooding events occurred in 2000/2001 and 2013/2014 and triggered widespread interest from researchers,…

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Nicola Crockford: Lockdown discovery – experiences of snorkelling the local rivers of Brecks and Fens

April 23 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Nicola Crockford’s day job is RSPB’s Principle Policy Officer and policy lead for the BirdLife International Global Flyways Programme. In normal times this involves a heavy schedule of travel most months, all over the world – to negotiate with governments to get the best deal for migratory birds, as well as commuting to offices in Sandy and the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge from her home (since 1995) in Tuddenham, West Suffolk. Since March 2020, she has had a much…

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May 2021

Theo Thomas: Power, accountability and saving our rivers

May 5 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group The regulator says the number of prosecutions for river pollution has dropped to a 5 year low. Water companies are owned by overseas investors and pension funds. Theo Thomas, London Waterkeeper, will explore how we can make ourselves heard and change the current power imbalance.   Theo Thomas founded London Waterkeeper to be an independent voice for the Capital’s rivers. He was a BBC news journalist in the East…

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Geoff Brighty: River Lark – Pollution Review and Action Plan

May 12 @ 19:00 - 20:00

The ground-breaking new report River Lark Pollution Review and Action Plan sets out how some key goals could be achieved in dealing with Lark pollution, with the active leadership and help of Jo Churchill MP. The River Lark Pollution Review and Action Plan represents the work of a collaborative action group of organisations that have come together, including Anglian Water, the CamEO, Environment Agency, Norfolk Rivers Trust, the Rivers Trust, and the Riverfly Partnership. The report provides evidence of the…

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Geoff Tombs: Licensed to Spill

May 19 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event, hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group This session will offer guidance on obtaining discharge permits from the public register and associated information through Environmental Information Requests.  It will give suggestions as to how this information might be used in the campaign to clean up the UK's rivers.   Born just after the war in Witney only 200 metres from the river Windrush, Geoff Tombs spent most of his early childhood in or by the river.…

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POSTPONED Vince Lea: Eradication of Mink from East Anglia

May 28 @ 19:00 - 20:00

This presentation is postponed till later in the year.     Waterlife Recovery East  is an ambitious partnership project aiming to eradicate American Mink from East Anglia. This will demonstrate the feasibility of a GB-wide eradication for the near future. We are working extensively across the whole of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, with much additional activity in the rest of East Anglia and a bit beyond. Using a combination of smart traps on tried and tested mink rafts, backed up…

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June 2021

Charles Rangeley-Wilson: A National Chalk Stream Restoration Plan

June 2 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event, hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Last year Charles Rangeley-Wilson was good enough to come and speak to us about his Chalkstream First proposals to restore flow to the Chilterns and other chalk streams, principally by abstracting water from our rivers further downstream and pumping it back to supply customers in the upper catchment areas. He was subsequently tasked by Rebecca Pow and Defra to pick up the baton from the Chilterns River Action Group…

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Preventing Plastic Pollution

June 9 @ 19:00 - 20:00

Plastic pollution is sadly one of the more recent forms of river pollution to be identified and must now take its place amongst other critical pollution issues to be confronted. The EU is funding the Preventing Plastic Pollution project led by Dr Iwan Jones of the UK Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) to understand better how to tackle the 4 million tonnes of plastic that enter the sea from our rivers. An important part of the research is to select particular…

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Ashley Smith: Storm overflows – a fountain of information

June 16 @ 19:00 - 20:00

A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group Storm overflows are the route by which raw sewage gets into our rivers from water treatment works. Ash Smith from the redoubtable Windrush Against Sewage Pollution makes a welcome return to the Chalk Aquifer Alliance stage to share his expertise on all things storm overflow. What are they, when and why are they really used? How to locate them and the different types. How to look for evidence of…

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The Environment Agency: doing its job?

June 30 @ 19:00 - 20:00

The UK’s only independent charity campaigning for wild fish, Salmon & Trout Conservation recently published a report on the Environment Agency (EA) that exposed its failure to protect our rivers and their wildlife. In May, they launched a Parliamentary Petition to champion action. The petition calls on Government to give the EA a new mandate for regulation and enforcement, as well as the funds to do a proper job. CEO, Nick Measham will discuss the key outcomes of the report…

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