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School Program takes 980 students to the river

School Program takes 980 students to the river

Schools in Haringey, Enfield and Hackney have taken advantage of Thames21’s free school program and brought their classes out to their local rivers this Autumn! A total of 980 students so far, have learned about river pollution and how to … Read more…

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New reed bed helping to improve water quality on the Salmons Brook

New reed bed helping to improve water quality on the Salmons Brook

Our latest work in Grovelands Park is helping to improve the water quality of Grovelands Park Lake by naturally slowing down and treating water from the polluted outfall which feeds it. The reed bed which was built in June is now … Read more…

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Only Rain Down the Drain

Only Rain Down the Drain

Drain marking is a great way of spreading the word that our street drains lead straight to our local rivers.  Road drains were designed to just take rainwater but unfortunately carry anything else that is washed or poured down them. Paints, household … Read more…

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New music release to raise awareness of the capital’s polluted rivers

New music release to raise awareness of the capital’s polluted rivers

Surface Tension, a new music project drawing from both art and science, seeks to creatively explore and document pollution along London’s second largest waterway, the River Lea In summer 2014, Ben Fenton, Coordinator of the ‘Love the Lea’ project run … Read more…

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Newly planted rainscapes will improve the quality of Enfield’s waterways

Newly planted rainscapes will improve the quality of Enfield’s waterways

Leading London waterway charity Thames21 and the London Borough of Enfield have planted several thousand wetland plants as part of two rainscapes which will help improve the water quality in Salmons Brook and its tributaries. At the height of summer, … Read more…

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Testing times for the health of Haringey’s Moselle River

Testing times for the health of Haringey’s Moselle River

We’re carrying out detailed water quality testing of the Moselle River as part of the Love the Lea campaign. The river runs through Haringey and into the Lea. The tests are done at our lab in Bow. It’s at an … Read more…

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Thames21 and HSBC ready to fix broken rivers

Thames21 and HSBC ready to fix broken rivers

East London’s broken rivers1 are one step closer to being fixed with the announcement of a 4-year Thames21 project to tackle urban pollution in the Lower Lea Valley. The project is being made possible through the support of the HSBC … Read more…

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River of Death, why fish died in the River Lea, and what can be done

River of Death, why fish died in the River Lea, and what can be done

Thousands of fish died in the River Lea last week after rain washed the accumulated pollution from East London’s roads into the river. The River Lea is one of the most polluted rivers in Britain, damaged in different ways all year … Read more…

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Love the Lea July Campaign Update

Love the Lea July Campaign Update

Rescuing Pymmes Park Lake Theo Thomas A blocked drain spilled raw sewage into Pymmes Park Lake last November, dropping dissolved oxygen levels to zero. Since then another 3 pollution incidents have occurred. Pymmes Park Lake in Edmonton has suffered from … Read more…

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The road to river destruction is paved

The road to river destruction is paved

It is changes like this that see our rivers damaged; the gradual but ultimately large-scale loss of small green spaces like front gardens. While urban river systems are always going to be under pressure there’s no reason why they have … Read more…

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