Catchment Based Aproach
Working together to improve the quality of rivers
When I visited the river Tamar I not only meet up with the scientist behind the fish counter passage. I also got a surprise visit of Rob Prince. Rob Price works for the Environmental Agency as catchment coordinator and his drive behind his job is simple yet admirable. He want to great a better place for people and also for wildlife. He does this by helping to improve the health of the water environment.
Rob sad the following: over many decades people had a significant impact in the way: rivers, lakes and stream, work and how they operate. The Environmental Agency works with partners to bring together all good information and skill. As a result things like fishpassages on structures that stops migratory fish-species. Fish that come from the Atlantic Ocean upto the estuaries and further upstream in the spawning grounds in the upper rivers. Fish passages are extremely important to help all types of species of fish but particular those that are in England protected. Fish Species as: Salmon, Trout and Eels. By producing and implementing a fish passage the Environmental Agency helps those fish to navigate around important man made structures. Structures that provide, in the instance of the river Tamar, abstraction for drinking water down river for the residents of Plymouth.
One of the biggest challenges the Environmental Agency faces in putting the river back in its original quality and improving the environment; is the number of resources and the number of people, over the years it would take. In England the approach is the catchment based approach. Working with partners to establish an economic value to a plot of land/nature. If an understanding of value is made it is relatively easy to show what a nature is worth in the economic sense. This way all partners are on the same base-level. Which introduces positive changes back into the water bodies. In doing so the environmental agency gets partners form the public and private sector but also, communities involved. Working together to a common and noble cause restoring the water bodies back to a high status of there environmental credentials