Ellenwise Phase 2 started in late 2016 and picked up where Phase 1 made a great start. Funded by United Utilities, the three-year project aims to deliver an improvement in water quality through an integrated catchment-based approach.

To provide a better understanding of ways to improve water quality, we have welcomed Josh Gittins to the team. Josh is a PhD student at Lancaster University; his project focuses on reducing phosphorus loading in freshwaters from agricultural land-use, using novel and cost-effective strategies. Josh visits the Crookhurst regularly to monitor the water quality and a range of ecological measures at different locations across the catchment. In 2018 a number of on-farm interventions will be established and Josh will be quantifying the effects the interventions have on water quality.

PhD student Josh sampling Westnewton Beck

Amina Aboobakar from United Utilities said: “Improving the quality of the water discharges from our treatment works can often be expensive for us and more importantly, to our customers and the environment. So we are hoping that by working with the farmers and other stakeholders like West Cumbria Rivers Trust, at the source of the river and in the wider catchment, we can deliver a more sustainable approach to improving water quality as well as keeping the costs low.”

We will also be working with our partners and local organisations to raise awareness of how to maintain septic tanks, getting involved with Beach Cleans, Himalayan balsam pulls and working with local schools.

Volunteers at Allonby North Beach Clean

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