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River Guardians Scheme Launched

Vol water sampling 1The Mersey Rivers Trust launched a pilot of its River Guardians citizen science programme in Cheadle Hulme with a training session for local volunteers on Thursday 24th March 2016.
The River Guardians are all drawn from the local community and will monitor and record water quality in two small streams in the Cheadle Hulme area as part of a wider project to improve the water quality of the Micker Brook.
The first group of River Guardians, who attended the training session on Thursday 24th March, brings together local volunteers and members of staff at the Cheadle Golf Club who will monitor water quality in a number of locations including the small stream that flows across the golf course.
The River Guardians will take regular samples of small quantities of stream water and will test for a range of parameters including nitrate, phosphate and acidity. The work of the River Guardians, and the data collected, will enable the Mersey Rivers Trust to generate a detailed picture of water quality and help to identify water quality trends within the Micker Brook catchment.
During the training session held at Cheadle Golf Club, staff from the Mersey Rivers Trust introduced the volunteers to the work of the Trust, which covers the whole Mersey basin. Specialist training in water quality monitoring techniques was provided by the Stockport-based firm of aquatic scientists, APEM Ltd.Vol water sampling 2


Caroline Riley, Partnership Manager at the Mersey Rivers Trust, said: "The Mersey Rivers Trust is delighted to launch the River Guardians scheme in Cheadle Hulme. The data collected by our local citizen scientists will help us to build up a picture of water quality in these streams and to develop future projects to improve them. We hope to learn from this pilot project in Cheadle Hulme and introduce the scheme to other areas of the Mersey basin".


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The River Guardians scheme forms part of a programme of activities currently being delivered by the Mersey Rivers Trust and its partners in the Cheadle Hulme area.

Easter Hunt for Cheadle Hulme misconnections

On Saturday 5th March 2016 the Mersey Rivers Trust launched a campaign to encourage residents to check their plumbing as part of the Great Cheadle Hulme Easter Hunt. Find out more here.

Staff had a stall at the Cheadle Makers Market outside the White Hart pub and provided information to local residents to help them check their domestic plumbing connections and make sure they do not have a misconnection.

Most houses built after 1920 have a separate sewage system; one set of pipes takes rainwater that falls on a roof or in a garden directly to a local stream or river. A different set of pipes takes dirty water, from kitchens and bathrooms, to a sewage treatment works.

If a domestic appliance is connected to the wrong pipe dirty water could flow into a local stream or river. These misconnections most frequently occur when washing machines are incorrectly connected to the rainwater system and can happen when houses are built, when they are extended or when new appliances are plumbed in.

The Mersey Rivers Trust has prepared special maps to help local residents identify whether they are in an area with a separate sewage system and therefore potentially at risk of having a misconnection at their property. 

The first 10 misconnections identified during the Easter Hunt will receive free reconnection work, up to a value of £400, from an approved plumber. Prizes also include an Easter hamper for the first misconnection found and Easter eggs for all misconnections found by the end of March 2016.

The campaign will run across the Easter weekend to 31st March 2016. Staff and volunteers from the Trust will distribute leaflets about the Easter Hunt in target areas and will have a stall at the Cheadle Hulme Family Market on Saturday 19th March to encourage more residents to check their plumbing.

The Easter Hunt has been timed to coincide with World Plumbing Day on Friday 11th March and World Water Day on Tuesday 22nd March.

The project has been developed by a partnership comprising the Mersey Rivers Trust, Stockport MBC, Stockport Homes, the Environment Agency and United Utilities and forms part of a wider programme led by the Upper Mersey Catchment Partnership – a group of organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors working to deliver the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive within Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire. 

Managing Water for Multiple Benefits - 15th March
CaBA Brand smallAn event focused urban water management is coming to Manchester on 15th March, It's organized by the Catchment-Based Approach (CaBA) national support group in collaboration with the Mersey Rivers Trust for the benefit of Catchment Partnerships.

The one-day training workshop on urban water management is free and includes lunch.

Speakers include:
• Councillor Derek Antrobus, Salford City Council and Chair of the NW regional Flood and Coastal Committee
• Paul Chapman, Lewisham Council
• Rick Rogers, St Helen's Council
• Paul Shaffer, CIRIA

The workshop at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester is one of several being held across England This will be a useful event to explore working together for a better urban water environment. To book a place at the one-day workshop, please register here.

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