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Comment: Good work goes on for waterways
4:22pm Wednesday 8th August 2012 in Opinion
IN the last ten years East Lancashire’s waterways have been the scene of a fantastic revival in wildlife.
But it hasn’t just happened by chance.
Decades of pollution have been eradicated thanks to painstaking and expensive efforts by various agencies and armies of volunteers.
The clean-ups have enabled species of fish and birds to return to rivers and streams that were once poison to them.
The task is not finished however and now £1.4million from the Environment Agency will pay for three major projects being organised by the Ribble Rivers Conservation Trust.
The schemes will hopefully greatly increase the numbers of crayfish, otters, kingfishers and birds of prey like the small merlin in our countryside.
The Ribble Valley and Pendle will be the focus for the projects in which farmers and landowners will be encouraged to help upgrade waterway habitats.
Once this work has been done hopefully more people will discover the beauty we have on our doorsteps.
And we must all also learn that we have a responsibility to ensure that when we visit the countryside we leave it as we found it.
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