PROJECT

Everyday River Heroes

Helping rivers starts in your home

Water quality and water scarcity are critical issues that impact not only our lives but also our green and blue spaces and the wildlife that calls them home.

Become one of our Everyday River Heroes today and help us create a healthier place for all, by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

Our rivers support a wealth of diverse flora and fauna that are a vital part of many food chains. They also provide havens in our urban neighbourhoods, without which the natural areas of our towns and cities would be more fragmented than ever, making it harder for wildlife and people to thrive.

But now our rivers and catchments are under significant threat from pollution, litter, increasing drought and over-abstraction.

Water scarcity in south east England

Close-up photo of water drop © canva
Protecting rivers and wildlife starts with saving water in your home © canva

It might be hard to believe, especially when it’s raining, but the south east of England receives less annual rainfall than the south of France. It is now classified as a water-stressed region. This means that the demand for water usage is larger than the water available in the landscape. Climate change and the demands of a growing population will make this situation worse in the coming decades.

Water we use in our homes and businesses every day comes from our local environment; abstracted from rivers and the underground reserves that feed them. Without rivers being part of our water supply we could not shower, wash our clothes, stay hydrated or even flush the loo.

Clean and abundant water is a necessity to us and vital to river ecosystems – providing healthy habitats for a diverse range of plants and animals to live and thrive in.

Become an Everyday River Hero

When you sign up to become an Everyday River Hero, we’ll show you how making small changes in your everyday routine can help bring rivers back to life.

Over the course of 10 weeks, we will send you easy tips and tricks for you to try at home; from water saving in your bathrooms to insights into water quality and sewage; wildlife hints to plastic pollution no-no’s. We’ll also keep you up to date on community action events and activities in your area.

Help your local river

As an Everyday River Hero, you’ll be joining our SERT community of like-minded people who all want their local rivers to become healthy and thriving. By making simple changes at home every day, you’ll be helping to restore your local river and improve its habit and environment.

Are you ready to make a difference?

If you’re one of the first 100 to sign up, you will receive a litter picker and hoop, so you can go litter picking regularly alongside your own stretch of river. By stopping litter reaching waterways you’ll be protecting wildlife as well as ensuring that your local river remains a wonderful place to visit and enjoy.

Sign up below!

You should receive a confirmation email straight away – if you don’t, please check your junk mail.