Communities can identify with the environment at the catchment scale. Local partnerships operating at this scale can provide a vehicle for planning and delivery that enables and empowers local communities and community groups to undertake activities that contribute to the delivery of outcomes supporting both very local and catchment scale ambition.
Unlocking and harnessing community support for catchment action is key to ensuring a more sustainable approach to managing the water environment and a central focus for the Catchment Based Approach.
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East London’s rivers are some of the most polluted in Britain, running with high levels of e-coli sewage bacteria, wastewater from people’s homes and poisonous oils and chemicals from our roads. Polluted water flows down the Lea Valley past the homes of thousands of people, reducing the quality of the rivers they enjoy. To address this challenge, Thames21 launched the Love the Lea Campaign.