River Restoration is the process of repairing and restoring rivers to the their natural state for the benefit of both community and wildlife.
There are many activities which can help restore a river but it is important to understand how rivers work and how we can balance our relationship with rivers.
We use rivers in many ways – as a drinking source for ourselves and our livestock, for transport, for recreation, for industry. But they can be so many more things too. They are an integral part of the land and we have a deep and rich connection with these waters and the wildlife they sustain.
In recent years, many communities across Ireland have recognised the importance of our rivers and about the need to keep them healthy. Rivers Trust organisations have cropped up all around Ireland and in Inishowen we are proud to have developed a strong and active group to help raise awareness of the importance of our natural waters to our everyday lives, our hearts and our minds.
The Inishowen Rivers Trust recognises the importance of understanding our rivers, sharing this knowledge with the community and learning together. Our River Guardians programme has helped some of you to develop skills and knowledge around rivers and we are putting this to good use now. Through courses such as Bank Erosion Control and Hydromorphology we have learned how rivers work. Through ARMI,SSCS and electrofishing we have learned more about the techniques for surveying rivers. There is lots more for us to learn and the IRT will continue to strive to bring more knowledge to our local communities.
To date, we have participated in local projects such as the Glennagannon River Restoration Project and the Culdaff Riverbank Protection Project. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, through training and volunteering or bringing the Trust onto your land to help solve a problem.
If you would like to learn more about river restoration, it’s benefits and how rivers are restored, read this short article on the topic by the River Restoration Centre at Cranfield University – What-is-River-Restoration?