An ambitious engineering project is aiming to restore health to the River Colne along the Bushey-Watford border.
A series of earthworks will ‘re-meander’ the watercourse, creating a wider range of depths and flow rates to foster natural habitats, as well as to boost foliage, fish and other wildlife.
Footpath upgrades and a new heritage trail will help to improve public access.
The scheme is run by Watford Borough Council.
Lib Dem councillor Ian Stotesbury, portfolio holder for sustainability, said: “Although this project will revitalise the Colne, there’s still the serious problem of sewage discharge – and major action is needed.”
Emma Matanle, Parliamentary spokesperson for Hertsmere, said: “Water companies, government and regulators need to clean up our waterways and help preserve the Colne as a precious natural resource.”
The project began earlier in the year, with the next phase beginning in the autumn and involving earthworks in the river.