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World Rivers Day expected to bring hundreds of volunteers to the region’s riverbanks.

Hundreds of volunteers all across the East Anglian region are heading to the region’s riverbanks this weekend (27 and 28 September) to help love their local river.

The series of events are being arranged by the popular RiverCare programme - a collaboration between Anglian Water and Keep Britain Tidy – to celebrate World Rivers Day and help local communities enjoy the beautiful surroundings on our doorsteps.

Around 20 RiverCare groups and volunteers from Anglian Water will be taking to their local stretch of waterway to carry out litter picks and environmental surveys. Many parts of the area’s major rivers will be covered, including the Great Ouse, Nene, Cam, Slea, Welland, Waveney and Colne.

Events are being held right across the region and groups are looking for more volunteers and interested people to take part and learn about their local watercourses.

There are events taking place on Saturday morning in parts of:
• Bedford
• Towcester
• Meldreth (Cambridgeshire)
• Stamford

With further events on Sunday morning in parts of:
• Sleaford
• Towcester
• Peterborough
• Diss
• Colchester
• Southend

Anglian Water and Keep Britain Tidy are hoping this could be the biggest volunteer event aimed at inland waterways that the country has seen.

Clive Harward, Anglian Water’s Head of Water Quality and Environmental Performance, said: “We’re lucky in this part of the country that we have over 3,000 of miles of fantastic rivers and waterways to enjoy. These habitats support thousands of species and play a vital role in our water supply too.

“Every drop of water we use is borrowed from the environment for us to use, before it’s recycled and returned to our waterways, making it very important that we love our waterways and protect them for the future.”

World Rivers Day, held annually on the last Sunday in September, was set up in 2005 in agreement with the United Nations. It aims to support their Water for Life Decade and create a greater awareness of the need to better care for our natural water resources – something which people everywhere can play a role in achieving.

Clive added: “Sadly, we’re increasingly seeing more litter on our riverbanks, in our rivers and finding its way to the coast too. So having groups of dedicated RiverCare volunteers regularly pitching in to help protect these areas is great to see.

“We’re hoping this year’s World Rivers Day event will encourage more local people to get involved, to love their local river and help it become a regular calendar event in future.”

Everyone is welcome to get involved in their local World Rivers Day event and can find more details at http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/worldriversdayevents/1418

or by contacting Andrew Walters