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Help Protect Our Rivers

The future of our rivers is far from secure, with many of them still impounded by historic channel modifications and polluted by effluent from sewage treatment works, misconnections, agricultural and road run-off. We continue to work with local groups, landowners, and other stakeholders to improve their lot in the Thame catchment and hope that everyone reading this will take a closer look at their local rivers and consider what actions they can take to protect them.

We have a range of on-line advice and information pages about what you can do to protect your rivers, for:

If you see what you think is a pollution event please call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 and Thames Water on 0800 316 9800 to report it.

Thames Water 5-year plan for 2020 to 2025 – Thame catchment

Letter to RTCT from Richard Aylard CVO, Sustainability Director, Thames Water. 22nd January 2021.

Link to download Stakeholder Glossary

I am pleased to say that, following two rounds of feedback from Ofwat and after detailed consideration, the Thames Water Board decided to accept Ofwat’s ‘final determination’.

We have now started to deliver our new 5-year plan, in line with our restated corporate purpose ‘to deliver life’s essential service, so our customers, communities and the environment can thrive’. Our plan focuses on three clear strategic ambitions: Continue reading

Help Fight Pollution

We have produced a range of advice documents on how you can best protect your local watercourses through your day to day activities, this guidance on looking aafter your provate sewage system (septic tank) can be found under the Advice for households pages on our website. Supported by funding from Thames Water.

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Hunting Down Pollution Outfalls

In late spring/early summer a small group of volunteers were out carrying out
an Outfall Safari – a survey of the watercourses in Aylesbury to check for
pollution coming from misconnected plumbing. Misconnections include wrongly
connected plumbing from, for example, toilets or washing machines that goes
into the surface water drains (and therefore watercourses) instead of the foul
sewers to the sewage treatment works. These misconnections can have a
major cumulative impact on the watercourses, especially if the watercourse is
small.

Remember, if you see pollution of any type entering our watercourses please
call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 and also Thames Water on
0800 316 9800.

Read more top tips on how to protect our freshwater from household pollutants.

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Yellow Fish

Only Rain Down the Drain

Earlier in the year project officer Hannah and volunteers were out marking up
road drains with yellow fish markers across Waddesdon and Quainton and
spreading the key message only rain down the drain.
Now 20 road drains have their very own Yellow Fish buddy and over 250
households have been leafleted with key information sheets.

Read more here

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Don’t Give Up on Our Rivers

A partnership between The Rivers Trust and Surfers Against Sewage and the #EndSewagePollution Coalition, is asking politicians to stand up for rivers and bring an end to sewage pollution – and they want everyone to join them.

If successful, Philip Dunne MP’s Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill will place a duty on water companies to ensure that untreated sewage is not discharged directly into rivers or coastal waters. Companies would also be required to set out plans to reduce their reliance on combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and to publicly report on the amount, condition, and quality of sewage discharged from CSOs or other sewer catchment assets. In addition, the new law would compel the government to investigate possible further steps to be taken by stakeholders such as the Environment Agency to improve water quality more generally.

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Newsletter – Winter 19/20

We are pleased to welcome you to our Winter 19/20 newsletter! We hope you enjoy reading about what we and our partners have been up to recently. If you have any suggestions for our Spring newsletter then contact: enquiries@riverthame.org

The importance of the floodplain is often overlooked, but it is just as much a part of the river as the channel. After several years of dry summers and winters, the River Thame has topped its banks and reminded us this of its true extent, spilling out across the fields. Please enjoy the above slideshow of Martin Routledge’s photos of the river near Upper Winchendon.

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Aylesbury Outfall Safari – identifying polluting outfalls in our streams and rivers

Can you help to tackle pollution in the Bear Brook and the streams of Aylesbury?

Bear Brook, taken by Ian Parsons

What is an Outfall Safari?

The Outfall Safari method involves systematically surveying the entire length of a river/stream to identify and locate polluting outfalls. This allows the pollution to be reported to Thames Water and the Environment Agency so that it can be tackled.

You must  sign up to attend a training session if you want to take part. To find out more please see our website page.

 What’s involved?

We need the help of volunteers to walk lengths of stream in the Aylesbury area to locate polluting outfalls. Once located polluting outfalls are reported to Thames Water and the Environment Agency so that they can be tackled.

  • Attend a training session to learn how to identify and map polluting outfalls.
  • Walk your local streams to help protect them from pollution.

To sign up to the training event please visit: https://bit.ly/2V0SkhY