The EPA has restored 82 hectares of Yorkshire habitat

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As part of the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape project, a leaky dam

The initiative, which includes more than 40 projects, has also enabled the planting of 53,000 trees and the renovation of 15 kilometers of shoreline.

Projects to protect the environment, build the resilience of river systems to climate change and increase wildlife include removing barriers to fish migration, restoring habitat, taking steps to improve water quality and natural flood management.

The Environment Agency oversees and implements Yorkshire’s environmental program, primarily in conjunction with government-backed Catchment Partnerships which bring together local governments, wildlife trusts and other organizations to improve the environment.

This year’s £5m scheme has engaged over 100 partners, who have provided over £2.1m in funding for the initiatives.

The Upper Aire Habitat and Land Management Project, which included landowner engagement, restored habitat and water quality to over 350 km2.

Five possible weir removals on the Calder River are reviewed by Connecting the Calder.

By working with landowners in the North York Moors National Park and surrounding areas, Derwent Upland Streams has been able to improve land management and promote the ecological status of eight water bodies.
The BEACH Esk initiative worked with neighborhood groups and landowners to improve salt marsh habitats and reduce marine pollution in the Esk Estuary.

Other initiatives on the Esk include an ongoing captive breeding effort for the endangered pearl mussel and an investigation into the possibility of invasive signal crayfish in the river.

To pool knowledge for the benefit of Yorkshire’s 200 miles of coastline, a new partnership called the Yorkshire Coast Catchment Partnership has been formed.

Sedimentation and water runoff from the Don and Rother catchment has been reduced and flow slowed by Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership, reducing the risk of flooding further downstream.

A Site of Special Scientific Interest benefited from 1.6 km of development thanks to the de-silting of the Leven canal (SSSI).

The Rivers in Elmet initiative improved farms and planted trees and hedgerows to reduce sediment and nutrient contamination.

Victoria Slingsby, Head of Environmental Planning and Engagement for the Environment Agency of Yorkshire, said:

This year’s environmental program has once again resulted in notable improvements across the country, including natural flood control strategies, increased fish migration and water quality treatments.

The scale of delivery and achievement demonstrates our commitment, along with those of our partners in Yorkshire, to managing the environmental benefits for people and animals.

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