This is the third and final Environment Agency report to Parliament. It outlines progress made between 2014 and 2015 and provides a summary of progress over the lifetime of the fund.
The Catchment Restoration Fund established by Defra in 2012 has helped significantly to improve the water environment. It created more than 40 projects, bringing together 4,500 volunteers and 342 community groups.
A fund of up to £24.55 million was allocated between 2012 and 2015 to support third sector projects in England that:
- restored natural features in and around watercourses
- reduced the impact of man-made structures on wildlife in watercourses
- reduced the impact of diffuse pollution that arises from rural and urban land use