New Forest Catchment Partnership

The river at Buckler's Hard

Helping our rivers and streams

We can all make a difference to the water environment around us in the way we use water in our everyday lives. Our local rivers reflect what water we abstract for use in homes or businesses and the quality of the waste water we create, either from what we put down the plughole or what drains from our gardens and wider landscapes. Everyone can help by taking small actions to improve the quantity and quality of water available in our local waterways.

Tips for helping your local river and streams

  • Using environmentally friendly detergents reduces the amount of phosphates put into to the water environment. Increased levels of phosphates cause problems to waterbodies and reduce the wildlife they can support. For more details please see our phosphate page
  • Ensure correct maintenance of septic tanks to reduce the amount of phosphates reaching water bodies and affecting wildlife. Septic tanks need emptying once a year to keep them functioning effeciently. Use environmentally friendly products to ensure the friendly bacteria in your tank are maintained. More information can be found on our phosphates page
  • Avoid spreading non-native invasive plants which push out local species. Why not volunteer to help control non-native invasive species on local rivers and streams? For more information on non-native species and how to get involved, visit the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website
  • Avoid wasting water at home and work. The water we use comes from local sources and low water flows can affect wildlife. Learn more at ConnectRight
  • Use the appropriate facilities at your local household waste recycling centre to dispose of engine oil. The disposal of oil or chemicals down road drains causes pollution as often these drains lead directly to nearby streams
  • Manage weeds and slugs in the garden in environmentally friendly ways rather than using chemicals as these can stay and accumulate in the water environment
  • Ensure any new building works connect any drainage to relevant systems appropriately. Misconnections of foul drainage into ditches and streams can result in pollution.
  1. River catchment project
  2. About New Forest rivers and streams
  3. Helping our rivers and streams (you are here)
  4. About New Forest Ponds
  5. Water Quality – phosphates
  6. Case study: Lymington
  7. Case study: triops
  8. Contact us


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