2. Catchment Overview
“Commonly every May such vast numbers of young eels comes over the wheels with the waters and run into the mills, that they are forced to give over working and to send into town for the swine to devour them, for they are as innumerable as sand grains on the seashore”.
3. Phase 1—Industrialisation, Urbanisation, Ecological Devastation, and Disconnection of Rivers from People
“Formerly its filthy and turbid waters flowed uncovered close to the main street, which circumstance gave strangers a very disagreeable impression of the town. Before the water reaches the town it is perfectly clear, but during its further course, dye-houses, calenders, and sewers complete its defilement”.
“The three rivers sluggishly flowing through the town are made the conduits of all imaginable filth, and at one particular spot which we shall presently describe, positively run blood. These rivers, that should water Sheffield so pleasantly, are polluted with dirt, dust, dung, and carrion; the embankments are ragged and ruined; here and there overhung with privies; and often the site of ash and offal heaps—most desolate and sickening objects … A plank bridge over the Sheaf here shows dead dogs and cats floating on the slimy waters, and a terrible condition of the partially-walled banks, through outlets in which fluents of excremental slush ooze into the river. It is 26 feet wide at this point, and has all the appearance of having once been a vast covered sewer, and having now become ruined, it being impossible to realize that the objects in it were ever intended to meet the sight or smell”.
4. Phase 2—Deindustrialisation, Partial Ecological Recovery
5. Improving the Don Catchment’s Urban Rivers for the Environment and for People
5.1. Restoration of Ecological Connectivity through the River Network
5.2. Natural Flood Management
5.3. Reconnecting the Public with Rivers
“…rivers make cities and it is a marvellous facility waiting to be developed”
“I think [the river] is a little gem for our town and it needs to be brought out to flourish and become a focal point of the town and the wider region”.
- To inspire and mobilise the community
- To foster understanding and change perceptions
“Now I know more about the heritage of the River Don I feel I have a much deeper understanding and even a connection with the river”.
“Volunteering has made me feel connected to and proud of the place in which I live”
“[It motivates me to see] the value volunteering brings to the local community”
“Thanks for the incredible work you are doing to make Chesterfield a better place for the river life and for us humans”.
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