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About DCRT

Don Catchment Rivers Trust has been established to help protect and restore the rivers in the River Don catchment area, this includes not just the River Don but also the River Dearne, River Rother and other rivers such as the Sheaf, Went, Ea Beck and many others.

Our rivers are a valuable asset which tell the story of our culture and heritage. They are important for people, wildlife and the local economy, and form an integral part of our landscape.

History of the Don Catchment Rivers Trust

The possibility of setting up a Rivers Trust was explored at a series of meetings in South Yorkshire during 2004 & 2005. These concluded that a trust should be set up and a small working group was established in Penistone to seek to establish it as a charity. The working group fixed the geographical limits of operation to the catchments of the Rivers Don, Dearne and Rother.

A company limited by guarantee was formed in 2008 and charitable status was obtained in 2010.

Mission statement:-

“To conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the Rivers Don, Dearne and Rother and the associated non-tidal and tidal systems that might influence their fauna, flora, water quality and hydrology.”

What will we do?

The Don Catchment Rivers Trust will work closely with others to achieve the following objectives:

> ensure rivers have an adequate flow of water free of pollution
> create a free and unobstructed river passage for migrating fish
> manage land in a way that protects the river catchment
> create habitats for diverse and rich native fauna and flora
> prevent excessive and harmful bank erosion
> create appropriate access to, and development of the river environment to help improve people’s quality of life and the economy
> conserve river features and restore original river landscapes where appropriate
> ensure future generations have a better understanding of river catchments and river catchment management
> promote and increase participation in river stewardship schemes in the Don catchment.

How will we do it?

The Trust will carry out work which:

> adopts an objective, strategic approach to identifying priority projects to be delivered within the catchment
> ensures activities and contributions are based on sound science and research is commissioned when necessary
> develops partnerships with others who have an interest in improving the rivers
> builds expertise to provide a Don rivers information and advisory service
> delivers activities to raise the profile of the rivers and to educate people

The Trust is determined to see these trends reversed by working in partnership with others and tapping funding sources available to it as a charity, employing specialist staff and using volunteers.

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