Registered Charity Number: 1037414

Annual Report and Accounts 2017

December 13th, 2017 in News by admin

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This report is the legal annual report and accounts of Clean Rivers Trust, as lodged with, and submitted to the Charity Commission. Registered Charity Number 1037414. The Charity is based at 73 Sir Harrys Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2UX UK. Phone 0121 440 8046.

This document is produced and printed using environmentally sustainable materials.

Directors Report. 

The past year has seen, as is customary, an eclectic combination of research, field work and advisory support for parties from local community groups such as Waingroves Woodland Group to MPs, local authorities, government departments and committees. The development of projects for the private sector have, as has been the case over the last few years, slow, though due now to the repercussions appertaining to the Brexit situation.

Our work has continued with regard to the issues of minewaters, remediation, sustainable economic uses for and value of minerals within their makeup. The locations of this work have included Devon, Cornwall, the East Midlands, Northumberland and Durham. Work has also been carried out in Fife in Scotland and in North Wales and Anglesey. The use of historic mining locations in Warwickshire and Derbyshire have also taken up our time and have allowed the Trust to explore the legal conundrums of what makes a mine an extension to previous workings and which may be considered an entity in its own right. The answer to this particular conundrum will not be ruled upon till 2018.

The Trust is now working with a new research group involving Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham and John Moores University of Liverpool looking at issues, initially, regarding elevated chloride levels in streams and rivers of South Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Coalfield. Minewater and its likely repercussions as either managed or unmanaged discharges to the environment are amongst the areas of investigation. The future research will doubtless involve much else but this is a fine starting point.

The Coal Authority has commissioned work from the Trust with regard to ochre drying and other waste material handling linked to minewater waste metals. Red Media have continued to use our wet materials handling facility and laboratory. The Trust has carried out methane content research in sewage sludge contaminated building land for Amber Valley Council and a development company.

Energy from waste heat in minewater, as pioneered by the Trust in Europe is now accepted by all but the Coal Authority who need to have further research undertaken by those wishing to exploit the resources, plus safeguards and fiscal risks underwritten in line with their controlling consultant’s views. This morass of bureaucracy is leading to the view held by Beis and the Trust that major exploitation may die a death if government does not intervene.

The Trust has developed its educational work with some outline teaching aids trialled at several educational establishments. There is though much more to be done to make this work suitable for rolling out to wider audiences. The issues of health and safety are a thorny set of issues that are being overcome.

Work on phosphate capture and recycling from sewage treatment works is continuing.  Research involving several organisations, John Innes, Suez, and others is underway. The recycling of metals and rare earths is also being explored using similar capture media from minewater.

The Trust has made links with Plastic Soup the international campaigning and research group which is addressing micro plastics in the water environment: this area of research link closely with those of oestrogenic and other endocrine rivers. Our work on pharmacological sourced pollution is starting to find doors to boardrooms opening.

Wetland development as a carbon sequestration tool is now being accepted by several wildlife groups but only as another handle by which to engage with land donors such as mineral companies. Local authorities and regulators in the UK are loath to consider this option as a strategic challenge that might be developed on greater scales than just nature reserves. The Trust has attempted to engage with Birmingham City Council and other local Authorities along the Tame but passive carbon capture is as yet to find its time in the UK.

The Trust is working on a cross-section of issues with a pair of Landscape Archaeologists in conjunction with the National Civil War Centre and Museum in Newark looking at the effects of the water environment on the art of siege warfare.

The library continues to expand. It is increasingly demonstrating its value as the now unique collection of historic bench mark reports published in the 1990s by the National Rivers Authority and Environment Agency are only available here. It is noteworthy that most water based reports published by government agencies only stay online for a few months before being taken down and archived. Once that happens they are lost and irretrievable.

Trustees News. Dr Melody Stokes resigned as a Trustee this year due to her wishing to concentrate her activities at the University of Warwick. I will miss her insights and expertise. I am delighted though to have three new Trustees join the Trust: Laura Bishop, Dr Sally Little and Dr Matt Johnson.

Harvey Wood


November 2017


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