The Essex Rivers Hub was formed in January 2014 and is hosted by Essex Wildlife Trust, funded through the Environment Agency and includes a wide range of partners from many sectors across the catchment. This has formed one of a number of Catchment Partnerships in England, set up to support and take forward activities relating to the Water Framework Directive.
Partnership website: http://www.essexrivershub.org.uk/
The Essex Rivers Hub covers a wide geographic area, covering most of Essex and a small part of Suffolk. The main aim of the Essex Rivers Hub is "Working together to improve the water environment within the Combined Essex Catchment area, for farming, wildlife, drinking water, business and the community" whilst also aiming to "provide up to date information about the quality of rivers in Essex, the surrounding environment and provide a way for people to get involved".
The Essex Rivers Hub project has developed increasingly over the last few months with a wide range of partners attending the last meeting and a new partnership agreement being drafted. The website is being slowly populated as more walkovers are carried out and the information is collated and uploaded, with the suggestions of many more projects all over Essex. In September, the Hub will be holding three workshops based in Little Baddow, Wickford and Nayland where invited parties will be able to discuss what they would like to see for their local rivers; from these workshops, objectives will be determined which can eventually be fed into the River Basin Management Plan which aims to improve the quality of our rivers. For more information on this and to see the progress that has been made, please visit the Essex Rivers Hub website: www.essexrivershub.org.uk