RDA AGM 30 April update, new acting Chair and latest Deben Magazine

The River Deben Association’s Annual General Meeting, which was to have been held on Thursday 30th April, will no longer be held in the form of a physical gathering. If we can find a satisfactory way to hold it in an alternative format we will do so, and if not, it will be postponed. I am happy to say, though, that Joeske van Walsum will be acting Chair from 30th April until he can be formally confirmed in that post.

In the meantime, I hope that the new edition of The Deben magazine gives you some happy reading in the safety of your own home. We send you our best wishes in this uncertain time, and please do contact us if you need help or support.

Sarah Zins

Chair

Riverside Trust’s forthcoming programme: Going with the Flow – Tides and the Deben Estuary

The Woodbridge Riverside Trust is putting on an ambitious programme of events called “Going with the Flow – Tides and the Deben Estuary”.

There is an evening talk on 16th October and a tide-related exhibition will be open every day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Longshed in Woodbridge from 19th to  27th October, as well as several other lectures and events focussing on the Deben.

The final event in the Community Hall on the evening of Sunday 27 October brings together coastal researchers and local experts to discuss options and challenges for managing the River Deben in the future. 

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RDA AGM Chair’s Report

Chair’s Report

As I write this, the wind is gusting over 40 knots and reminds me of one of my grandfather’s stories, which always began “It was a cold and stormy night, and the wind was howling in the rigging”. I hope that by the time you receive this magazine, the wind is no longer whistling through your shrouds and the Spring looks set fair for river pleasures.

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Yellow Fish Campaign – The River Deben Association

Groundwork Suffolk and East Suffolk Councils are working together on behalf of the Greenprint Forum to engage the community and inspire awareness of the local natural heritage of the Rivers Deben, Orwell and Waveney.
The project is designed to help people reduce surface water pollution entering local rivers and to improve awareness of the negative impact it has on wildlife and habitats. It aims to encourage all members of the community to work together to make a difference.
A key element of the campaign is reducing litter, particularly with a focus on cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are commonly littered in streets and if they enter the surface water drains, the butts flow through the system and directly contaminate the local River. This why our key message of the campaign is ‘only rain down the drain’.
Groundwork is providing information and practical advice on how to reduce environmental pollution to residents, businesses and schools. A number of events and activities have already taken place with more to come. Public drains are also being marked with a yellow fish symbol as a reminder that all litter or pollution entering the system can cause direct contamination of our rivers and streams.

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