You have probably seen our River Warden, Sean Ready, and his team out on the river.
There are lots of different things affecting the quality of the water in our river - did you know we pick up over 80 bin bags of river litter - especially beer cans - each month out of the rivers in and around Thetford! check out this video and catchment data on the pollution factors - http://www.cameopartnership.org/rivers/pollution/
Did you know we are part of Fresh Water Watch and apart from cleaning up the river litter we are collecting water quality data? Would you like to be involved in this worldwide citizen science project? You can find out more about it at www.freshwaterwatch.org - http://www.freshwaterwatch.thewaterhub.org
Other ongoing projects include:
Crooked Angel - all about bread polluting the river; deforming the wing growth of geese and ducks, preventing them from flight
Safe Passage - keeping the rivers open to paddle craft - oranising working groups to help make the fallen trees and river weed safe for families and community groups to journey by paddle craft from Thetford to Santon Downham - and back!
Check Clean Dry: we are helping to make the signs appear in the area so people can learn how simple it is to protect the riverscape from the seeds, spores, baby signal crayfish eggs and so on from being spread by humans - Invasive Non Native Species on the river bank in our area include the Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed.
Beer Can Art : making amazing and useful items from the beer cans collected out of the river and passing on ways of doing this quirky art - you can see examples of this on Rivers Day in July.
Riverfly Project - invertebrate monitoring - as part of the Salmon and Trout Conservation 's river pollution monitoring http://www.riverflies.org/rp-riverfly-monitoring-initiative
Would you like to join in any of these activities? They are all free of charge. Maybe you have community ideas you would like to share or you just want to flag up issues on the river? please do get in touch - you can find us on Facebook Thetford River Group - or you can email us
admin "at" thetfordriver group dot org Or use our contact form.
The LOT Partnership:
The Little Ouse and Thet flow into the Great Ouse and are within the Cam Ely Ouse catchment. Cam E O [Cam Ely Ouse] is a catchment based way of working with public, private and third sector organisations to help these rivers be the best they can. We are working to maintain and improve the health of the waterbodies and the Thetford River Group is part of the Little Ouse and Thet Partnership.The LOT Partnership is co-hosted by The Rivers Trust and Anglian Water. Central to the partnership is the development and support of an inclusive approach that operates at both the catchment and sub catchment scales.