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Calder Rivers Trust

16 Oak Tree Meadow
United Kingdom (UK)
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The Calder and Colne Rivers Trust (operating as Calder Rivers Trust) operates across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It is one of 60 member Trusts reporting to The Rivers Trust, the umbrella organisation. Together, we are the only group of environmental charities in the UK and Ireland, dedicated to protecting and improving river environments for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Our main rivers are the River Calder, the River Colne and the River Holme, and all the other watercourses, waterways, canals, rivers, waterbodies and streams in-between. Including Clifton Beck, Red Beck, Hebble Brook, Batley Beck, Smithy Brook, Spen Beck, Hebden Water, Owler Beck, Fenay Beck, River Ryburn, Luddenden Brook, Cragg Brook and Black Brook.

We monitor those waters, using volunteers, as part of our River Health Project, sampling the rivers for the number and type of invertebrates and looking for any variation in the results as an indication of water quality.

We also seek funding to help to improve the river environment by tackling invasive species, such as Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Floating Pennywort.

The Calder valley has an extensive legacy from the Industrial Revolution with numerous mills and chemical manufacturing sites, most of which have disappeared, leaving evidence of pollution and water-course modification, such as weirs and mill races. Our aim is to address these issues so that those fish species that were once common, can find their way up the valley again to spawn and repopulate the rivers.

The Trust, is a charitable organisation, registered with the Charity Commission (Charity No. 1134377), and is also a company, limited by guarantee, registered with Companies House (Company No. 06822083).

The Trust also heads up the Calder Catchment Partnership, which works alongside the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, local authorities, local businesses, charities, community groups, and individuals to improve water stewardship, water quality and biodiversity, across the catchment.

The Partnership connects communities with the river environment to cultivate shared ownership and responsibility, and supports the education about, and engagement with, our rivers.

It also approaches flood risk and environmental issues from a whole catchment perspective leading to better outcomes for every pound spent, both for people and the environment. By coordinating our work, sharing information and expertise, and making collective decisions puts us in a better position to make positive changes for the rivers in the Calder valley.

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