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Annual Report and Accounts 2018

December 9th, 2018 in News by emily

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Directors Report.

This last year has been the busiest period in the Trust’s history with a large number of projects, new and continueing. Some of the old reaching important milestones and allowing demonstration of both new technologies and our well trialled methodologies. We are reaching a critical point in our research with one of the most intractable pollution problems seen in 1stworld rivers and watercourses.

The Trust has worked on issues to do with minewater, contaminated land, development, arsenic pollution, energy from groundwater, archaeology, conservation/ecology, landfill leachate, wetlands carbon sequestration and the treatment of endocrine disrupters. Our academic partners in research have included, John Moores Liverpool, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Yale, Universities and Imperial College London.

The Trust has worked on projects across the UK, including mine sites across the Pennines, Devon, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Fife, South and North Wales. Research on landfill and leachate issues has been carried out in Bedfordshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Tar pit research into remediation has been focused on Cinderhill in Derbyshire and Birmingham. Cambridgeshire, Northumberland and Nottingham have been the focus of energy development from ground and minewater. Archaeology has involved us around the Trent Valley and more especially in the 60 square miles around Newark upon Trent.

The Trust is working on Arsenic pollution with the Environment Agency in Derbyshire whilst our work on endocrine disrupters has been based in Birmingham with links to activities in California. This work should reach some significant findings in the next twelve months once a major UK water company and ourselves demonstrates results from new research.

Carbon sequestration is as yet an area of research in the UK that fascinates academics but unlike in the US companies are unwilling to consider action or investment. This is true of all but a few local authorities. The issues of global warming are overshadowed by those of the disposable coffee cup at present in the UK.

Our work on plastics pollution is ongoing. The relationship with Plastic Soup is ongoing. Research planned by the University of Nottingham with international partners and ourselves is about to get underway. Our own research into capturing plastics is looking to the revival of the Lee Marston lagoons (or a similar scheme for a trial) that helped lessen river born pollution entering the River Trent from the Tame catchment that drains most of the Birmingham conurbation.

Work on minewater pollution continues, the lead and other metal mines being our main focus for remediation and research this year. The use of water polluted in some location with rare earths being an attractive solution to funding full scale remediation projects across the UK.

The most time expended on any one piece of work this last year has been based around the acid tar pits at Cinderhill near Belper in Derbyshire. The tar, the residues from recycling used engine oils which were deposited into old clay pits in the 1970s. These have become a problem to the Environment Agency and the local authority and much of the area now registered as contaminated under Part II A of the Control of Pollution Act 1990, a threats to the public and the wider environment. The Trust has looked at the links between the pits and both surface and groundwater and have found no present or historic concern but a danger to public health. To remediate the worst tar pit the Trust is carrying out a trial using willows. After three months the tar pit has stabilised and the willows are growing well despite the draught which saw no natural rainfall for nearly three months. The whole site will once remediated be turned into a nature reserve as the site is already the home of many rare and interesting species of flora and fauna.

This, Cinderhill, project has seen the Trust have to cope with actions by both thieves and vandals. Wildlife cameras and weather station have been lost, willow cuttings pulled up, rain gauges destroyed, attempted arson and other problems. The work we are undertaking has been derided on some web sites and organisations allied to the research criticised. The theft and vandalism has been countered with the help of the local police and increased security including alternative storage of equipment locations. The negative social media attention has required a thick skin and has, for the time being ceased.

Over the years the Trust has advised individuals, communities and government departments from inside and outside the UK. It is good to report that in Ethiopia and Uganda large lakes have been rehabilitated. Two are now fisheries, and sources of irrigation water. One is also a hydroelectric power source again. The Ugandan site has been carried out by local communities and the Aba Samuel Reservoir in Ethiopia by the Chinese. Both used our plans and both are reported on briefly on the Trust’s web site. The Trust has not spent money on these projects or put money outside the UK for the use of overseas projects. The Trust received no money or other gain from these works.

The Trusts funding position, due to fee earning research it has carried out over the last 12 months is stronger than it has been since its foundation.

Harvey Wood.


1stDecember 2018

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Author: emily

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