Archive for January, 2013

Pasties, plastic bags and public engagement: Greggs the Bakers’ double bonus for south Wales rivers

Although the current wave of Water Framework Directive related funding (via Defra’s River Improvement Fund and subsequent Catchment Restoration Fund) have seen welcome injections of capital into river restoration work across the UK… … the fact remains that funding options for catchment-scale projects remain decidedly limited, and still largely dependent on grants from government and […]

Urbantrout sidecasts: Monday 21 January

From Seattle to Atlanta via Boston, Denver and Salt Lake City, a new study by the United States Geological Survey examines the varying effects of urbanisation on different stream and river ecosystems … while the UK’s Environment Agency commits to massive £3.5 million deculverting of the River Roch in Rochdale’s historic centre (extra BBC footage […]

Film night: Fly-fishing the urban Potomac

Via Moldy Chum comes this intriguing trailer for the imminent 2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour, featuring four dedicated urban fly-fishermen making the most of what’s in their own backyard in Washington DC. From the film-maker’s blurb: In an unlikely setting of concrete vistas, population density and traffic nightmares, the Potomac River proves that adventure and […]

Challenge Buxton 2013: Who’s up for restoring the top of the Derbyshire Wye?

Even the smartest towns sometimes have dirty places, down the inaccessible backs of car parks and petrol stations… and in those places you’ll often find trout! In truth, this particular dirty place was hard to miss when I visited the top of the Derbyshire Wye at the start of last season: an outsize plunge pool […]