Blueprint for Water 2010

As most readers of this blog will know, lots of our work on the Wandle involves getting down and dirty in our waders, often in places where no-one else wants to go

But sometimes we also get stuck into moments of high national drama – such as yesterday evening, when Bella and I went back to the Houses of Parliament to represent the Wandle Trust at the 2010 update on the Blueprint for Water (click here to download the full pdf version).

Co-ordinated by Wildlife & Countryside Link on behalf of a coalition (see what they did there?) of 14 leading environmental organisations, the updated Blueprint sets out a 10 point plan for achieving a sustainable water environment by 2015

As DEFRA Minister Richard Benyon MP remarked in his opening speech, the Blueprint is really about 3 things: using water more wisely, reducing pollution and improving water quality, and improving habitats.  

But the full report contains plenty more details and fascinating ideas…

The Wandle Trust contributed to the Blueprint for Water via several partners including the Angling Trust and the Association of Rivers Trusts.

Recent Wandle history also put the Wandle Trust in pole position for inclusion in the Blueprint as a case study for how a pollution incident can lead to partnership between the polluter and local people who want to help put the problem right – the origins of the Living Wandle project.

And as you might also expect, we enthusiastically support the idea that…

By 2014, the Government should create a Catchment Restoration Fund financed from fines, abstraction/discharge charges and public funds to support works to restore rivers and their catchments.

Best of all, the Blueprint even features one of Duncan’s photos of our volunteer day at Hackbridge in March 2009, installing coir rolls donated by our friends at the Environment Agency

… just miles from Westminster, an unmissable demonstration of how the Wandle Trust’s keen volunteers are already driving forward the objectives of the Big Society and the Blueprint for Water, right here in South London!

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