What do we do?
At the Trent Valley Internal Drainage Board we strive to enhance the environment through sympathetic management of watercourses and enhancing habitat wherever possible.
By taking this approach we deliver our flood and water level management responsibilities and meet our statutory obligation to conserve and enhance the environment.
How do we do this?
The Board has a policy to undertake all dredging and non-regular maintenance works from a single bank of a watercourse reducing disturbance to wildlife and to enabling the opposite bank to act as a wildlife refuge.
We carefully scrutinise applications for culverting and require the provision of replacement habitat for any approved application that causes losses.
Have we achieved our aim?
A considerable success of our sympathetic approach is readily demonstrated by the Wildlife Guardian conservation award presented by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The Board were the preferred consultant the Water Framework Directive funded feasibility studies along Fairham Brook and regularly undertake works on main rivers for the Environment Agency.
How do we engage more broadly?
Enthusiastic partners in the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group, and closely involved in the development of the River Idle Management Partnership the Board’s dedicated environmental officer adds value to the sustainable delivery of these high quality environmental schemes and ensures that the environment is significantly enhanced without detriment to the levels of protection afforded by the Boards systems.
Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group's website: http://www.nottsbag.org.uk/
Acknowledgement: Video produced by Lincolnshire Wolds - lincswolds.org.uk/chalk-streams/camera-monitoring