Addressing the challenges – improving our rivers – Jonah Tosney, Norfolk Rivers Trust, Nine Chalk Rivers Project Officer

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Addressing the challenges – improving our rivers – Jonah Tosney, Norfolk Rivers Trust, Nine Chalk Rivers Project Officer

  1. 1. Restoring Norfolk’s Rivers Dr. Jonah Tosney Norfolk Rivers Trust
  2. 2. Current projects: • River Nar (Catchment Restoration Fund, Coca Cola, WWF) • 9 Chalk Rivers (Catchment Restoration Fund, other streams) Norfolk Rivers Trust: balancing biodiversity with sustainable water usage
  3. 3. The 9 Chalk Rivers… A catchment restoration fund project, 9 rivers, £1.3m, 17 projects
  4. 4. Projects: • Sediment trapping (Nar, Glaven) • Habitat restoration (Heacham, Babingley, Glaven) • Re-connecting floodplains (Gaywood, Nar, Glaven) • Pond and lake restoration (Glaven, Mun?) • Community engagement (all) • Catchment management planning (all)
  5. 5. Shared concerns • Water quantity • Water quality • Soil loss and sedimentation • Flooding and drainage • Wildlife • Changing climate • Public access and shared solutions…
  6. 6. Restoring floodplains: use it or lose it? Floodplain connectivity • Re-connecting rivers to floodplains • Effective water-storage • Increased floodplain and marginal biodiversity • Improved water quality • Nutrient re-cycling • Improved silt management • Working for farming
  7. 7. Rivers Nar, Glaven, Stiffkey, Gaywood
  8. 8. Putting the bends back Re-creating meanders • Creates a greater variety of habitats • Improves bio-diversity • Improves silt management
  9. 9. The beneficiaries…
  10. 10. Stopping the silt Trapping silt at source (traps, cover crops, wetlands, margins, access and storage points) • Preserves top soil • Re-cycles nutrients • Protects habitats • Improves water quality
  11. 11. Photos: Luke Mitchell, UCL
  12. 12. The desert menu • Woody debris • Channel sculpting (terraces, riffles etc.) • Trees for shade • Backwaters
  13. 13. Jonah Tosney Norfolk Rivers Trust jonahtosney@norfolkriverstrust.org www.norfolkriverstrust.org

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