River Restoration Centre’s 20th Annual Network Conference
Kingcombe were delighted to attend and support the RRC’s 20th annual network conference again this year in Liverpool. The event was extremely informative, covering a range of topics on river restoration projects, lessons learnt and best practices. Westcountry Rivers Trust’s, Laurence Couldrick, presented an interesting piece on the management of the catchment for the last 25 years, the successes so far and the approach required to deliver further change across the catchment with the ever-increasing pressures. Johan and Paul from the US Forest Service, supported by Colin Thorne, also gave a motivating presentation, with an insight into their river restoration work, in the state of Oregon. They explained how they have implemented projects to return rivers back to the highest resiliency, with maximum ecological status. Their design includes removing the channelized rivers and returning them back to wetlands, slowing the flow down and opening the flood plains. We left the conference with a host of information that we can analyse, along with additional learning that will benefit the work we do in the environment and local communities. The River Restoration Centre’s 20th Annual Network Conference was held on 30th April to 1st May at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool.