The Essex Rivers Hub (ERH) was formed in January 2014 to bring together a variety of organisations, local community groups, and interested people to work together to help improve the rivers and estuaries of Essex. Water is essential to our life and livelihoods and working together we can improve quality of our water environments for people and wildlife.
We want to work at bigger catchment scales over longer timeframes. By doing this we will have a greater chance of restoring our rivers and nature and helping our climate.
A catchment is an area of land where water collects when it rains, bounded by hills or higher ground. As the water flows over the landscape, it finds its way into streams and down into the soil, eventually feeding the river. Some of this water stays underground and continues to slowly feed the river in times of low rainfall. Every inch of land on the earth forms part of a catchment.
Each catchment is different. To build the action plans to help improve our rivers, we need to have a good understanding of their characteristics, knowledge of the wildlife that lives in them, and insight into the ways people utilise rivers for recreation and sport such as walking and fishing.
The topics below represent the pressures that many waterbodies in the Combined Essex catchment face. They have been divided into six main categories, but it is quite often that these categories can overlap as pressures relate to each other.