|Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM|
April showers – why drought is still an issue despite recent rain
Few people would have missed the irony of the recent heavy rain and localised flooding which have followed one of warmest March’s on record and severe drought warnings.
It is difficult when slushing through puddles and sheltering under umbrellas to keep these dry conditions front of mind, but recent rain would need to continue for months for our ground water levels to truly replenish. The rain has been good news for our dwindling rivers and their inhabitants, but we need to continue to be mindful of our water-use and our impact on the natural water cycle.
London’s many overflowing drains and waterway roads highlight our mismanagement of water. Most of this water, locked out of the ground by hard surfacing will be forced into storm water drains to meet the sewage system, and in many cases, our rivers. The more freshwater we capture, make use of and recycle, the less pressure there will be on the rivers and streams that feed our taps. As our population continues to grow and demand for water increases, we all need to take responsibility for the way we use water and dispose of wastewater.
River Pool restoration has social and environmental benefit
The River Pool has undergone quite a transformation under the weekly attentions of a core group of volunteers and South East London coordinator Vic Richardson. Regular volunteers have worked to enhance the river’s ecology by installing flow deflectors, planting native reeds and stabilising banks. They have also worked to remove the invasive Japanese Knotweed and manage trees and vegetation to allow more light to the river.
The project has not only benefited the local environment, but has attracted those looking for new skills and work experience. Out of work landscape architect Marion Frandsen has been a regular member of the team, she said: “I really enjoy practical outdoor work and it’s been a good chance to get some more practical, on the ground experience. I feel like I’m making a contribution to something and it’s also a really nice friendly environment.”