Waterways funding

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NORTH East waterways are to benefit from new funding.

The Living Waterways team at Durham Wildlife Trust has received three years funding of more than £236,000 from the Environment Agency.

They are now looking at ways of improving the habitat and reducing the risk of flooding.

The project works across Sunderland, as well as Gateshead, South Tyneside, Darlington and Durham and aims to improve water quality and the ecology of urban watercourses.

They target streams that are most at risk from pollution.

The team also organises stream clean-ups and community awareness events such as Yellow Fish, where volunteers stencil a yellow fish symbol beside drains as a reminder that any liquid waste entering the drain will go straight into the nearest stream or river, causing pollution, potentially killing wildlife.

For more information, visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk or email mrogers@durhamwt.co.uk