Essex Rivers Hub

Water is essential for everything we do. That's why we are working towards improving the quality of all our rivers, lakes and ground waters for everyone to enjoy. On these pages you will find information on your local rivers, where it is thriving, where the problems are and how we're working to resolve them. We've also included some case studies, details of current projects and how you can get involved.

Improving our water environment is a challenge for everyone. Achieving the standards set out in the EU's Water Framework Directive will be a tall order, and we will only succeed by working together.

We want the rivers to be at the heart of local communities. If you would like to be involved or tell us about a project you're planning get in touch with us.

The Essex Rivers Hub (ERH) was formed in January 2014 and is hosted by Essex Wildlife Trust. It has developed a broad active membership which includes (not in any order) Anglian Water, Environment Agency, Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex and Suffolk Water including the Chelmer & Blackwater Partnership, National Farmers Union, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group East, Local Authorities (Colchester, Rochford, Uttlesford, Chelmsford, in future LA's will be represented by the Essex Planning Officers Association ( EPOA)), Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust, Essex Waterways Ltd., ECC Flood partnerships, National Trust and Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project. 

River Lea or Lee River Roding Cobbin’s Brook River Stort River Beam River Rom River Ingrebourne Mardyke Stanford Brook Pitseahall Fleet River Crouch River Roach Upper Thames Estuary Lower Thames Estuary Crouch/Roach Estuary Blackwater Estuary Colne Estuary Hamford Water Holland Brook Sixpenny and Tenpenny Brooks Lower River Stour Upper River Stour River Colne Roman River Bourne Brook River Blackwater River Pant River Brain Pod’s Brook River Chelmer River Ter River Can River Wid Pincey Brook River Cam Stour Estuary

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Roll over the map to highlight a river or estuary, click to view a detailed map of the projects.

Latest news

The Riverfly Partnership's latest newsletter for Winter/Spring 2020 is now available to download here.

Updates include the upcoming Riverfly Partnership Conference, Riverfly monitor of the year, trigger protocol updates, Pomphorhynchus research project report, the Riverfly photography competition, website and database announcement and the Challenges and Choices consultation. 


The Catchment Based Approach (CaBa) has published its third annual report which summaries the key outcomes of the work undertaken by its 106 river catchment partnerships nationwide.

What is the Water Framework Directive?

The problems and threats facing our rivers have been recognised at a European level, by the Water Framework Directive.

This is a piece of European legislation which became UK law in 2003. It states that all waterbodies (including rivers, lakes and the sea) in the UK must reach 'good ecological status' by 2027. 'Good ecological status' means they should be clean and healthy and contain the 'right' type and number of animals and plants. The UK has a legal obligation to meet this target.

Some projects require hands-on, practical, help. If you can give your time and fancy getting involved with practical work in and around a river, this could be for you! We will post information on the contacts page as projects require help. Typical things may include:

Himalayan Balsam pullers

Mink raft checkers and water vole surveyors

Submit Records

River Wardens

Riverfly Monitors

Website key stakeholders:

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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting based on an original concept by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust