The Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust (ESRT) is a small charity formed in 2013 under the umbrella of the national Rivers Trust to protect and enhance local rivers across both counties. Although legally an independent organisation, ESRT works in close co-operation with the national Rivers Trust. We are a small conservation organisation with a practical emphasis on projects.
Much of the work of ESRT involves taking forward projects to help implement the EU Water Framework Directive as it applies to England. The Directive stipulates that all member states put in place and implement River Basin Management Plans. We are guided by the Anglian region plan. We work with water companies, regulators, councils and other charities to help improve water quality.
Funding for our projects comes from all quarters including through collaborative bids for project work developed by the Catchment Partnerships and others. We also deliver projects with European partners, including the Interreg North Sea TOPSOIL project, which looks at soil and water management in agriculture.
The aims of the Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust (ESRT) are in summary:
To conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the rivers, streams, watercourses, ground-waters and water impoundments of the catchments comprising the rivers in Essex and Suffolk, including adjacent estuarine and coastal areas, for the advancement of environmental protection or improvement for the benefit of the public.
To advance the education of the public, or any association, institution, voluntary organisation, company, local authority, administrative or governmental agency or public body or representative body in: –
The understanding of rivers, river corridors, and river catchments, including their fauna, flora, biodiversity, economic or social activity, and river catchment management.
The need for, and benefits of, conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of aquatic environments
If you wish to support work to improve rivers, through financial donations or volunteering, please contact us.