Care for your local waterway

Get stuck in to caring for your local river or stream with free training for people living in Shotley Bridge, Chopwell, Stocksfield and surrounding areas.

Adopt a Stream is a project led by Tyne Rivers Trust and delivered through the Tyne Catchment Partnership. It iengages communities with their streams and rivers through monitoring river health and taking action to conserve and improve them. Community groups, businesses, schools and individuals adopt a section of stream, and are provided with information, training and equipment so the group or individual can care for their adopted stretch.

One of the key elements of the project will be to collect data from across the catchment that will identify issues and work that can be done to improve the river. Instructions and reporting will be available through Tyne Rivers Trust staff, website and mobile app. Surveys can be done with minimal training.

· Invasive species – Himalayan balsam, giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, crayfish, mink etc

· Water Quality – Dissolved oxygen, pH, Phosphorous, Nitrites, temperature, turbidity, sewage, invertebrates.

· Wildlife – Otters, dippers, water voles etc

· Flooding – river levels, rainfall, blocked drains, blocked culverts

· Areas of public access improvement – footpath issues, litter etc

This will inform of potential issues, some of which can be solved through adoptees with support from the project and volunteer tasks, and others that will require work from the partner organisations.

Data will also be used to produce a baseline prior to works or a flood or pollution event. It is important that the data collected is used and that adoptees will see the benefit of the data collection.

We will also help groups to resolve issues and improve their adopted stretch of river. Recording of issues and monitoring results will be easily up loadable by our new website and app.

Individuals and Groups – adopt your local stretch of river and start recording what you find and tell us about problems! Please contact Simone Price for more information; training will take place before April 2020.

You could also join our regular volunteer activities undertaking a variety of practical works across the catchment from tree planting to invasive species monitoring and removal.

Find out more: Email Simone Price, Project Officer, Tyne Rivers Trust.