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RIVER REFURB: Project launched to revitalise the River Colne along Bushey-Watford border

 Published on: 20th July 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

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.

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