Essex Rivers Hub

There are many drainage ditches entering the Crouch in Wickford Memorial Park and many of these seem to contain polluted water. the most likely cause of these pollutants is surface runoff from roads and other pathing and potential dirty water from washing machines, etc where homes have not been plumbed correctly.

When homes are plumbed incorrectly these are described as misconnections.

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) could potentially tackle a lot of these issues if suitable land is available to achieve this. This would involve diverting the drainage ditches through ponds and swales (shallow, broad ditches with vegetation that allow water to permeate into the ground) to allow natural processes to filter out the pollutants before allowing the water to enter the river. This will help to improve the water quality of the Crouch and reduce the impact of pollutants for the urban areas surrounding this park.


River Crouch

WFD water body status


WFD overall status objective

To achieve Good ecological status by 2027

Project type

Improving water quality

Benefiting species and/or habitats

Improving the water quality of the Crouch will benefit the fish, invertebrates and plants that live in-channel. Also the creation of ponds and swales will introduce different habitats.

Project lead

Jane Herbert

Contact for more information

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Project partners

Essex Wildlife Trust, Essex Biodiversity Project and the Environment Agency.

Funding source

None at present.

Website key stakeholders:

Environment Agency logo      Essex Wildlife Trust logo           

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