Love Your River Coventry is a pilot project run by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and funded through the Environment Agency MURCI (Midlands Urban Rivers and Communities Initiative) Programme that addresses urban diffuse pollution. The pilot is focused on raising awareness about misconnected appliances in people’s homes, which send polluted water straight into local rivers and streams.
The project encompasses a public awareness campaign and a free 10-point plan leaflet making it simple for anyone to help check for misconnections on their property as well as taking other easy steps to address pollution in the urban environment.
The Project Team worked with schools, colleges, volunteers and local partners to raise awareness of the day-to-day impact on our rivers and running practical sessions to improve our rivers too – taking out trolleys, bikes, bins, plasterboard and all manner of other potentially polluting items. We also produced a comprehensive report on the state of all of the brooks and rivers in Coventry to help guide future work to improve those water courses for wildlife. This report highlights some exciting projects the Trust is exploring in more detail with the Environment Agency to help reduce the impact of dirty surface water from some of the city’s roads.