A river or stream is a natural watercourse that eventually flows to an ocean, lake, sea or connects with another river. We can also include streams, drains and dykes under the same category as rivers.
Rivers, streams and dykes
Rivers are part of the hydrological cycle. Water within a river or stream generally comes from a number of sources, such as rainfall or through a drainage basin from surface “runoff” or groundwater recharge, or through springs and the release of stored water in natural ice and snow.
Rivers, streams and dykes run through the majority of the UK and Europe. They run through towns, cities and villages, pass by and support many large factories, and also run through country estates and past private residences. They are used by anglers, holiday makers and residents and in some locations they are still being used for business transportation.
Rivers need to be managed for the benefit of the environment
Most of all, they play a very special role in our environment and they must be monitored and cared for carefully. They need time and effort spent on them to ensure they are kept tidy, well managed, clean and environmentally sound. After all, failure to look after our rivers will result in damage to fish stocks, wildlife, birds, cattle, horses and other forms of life that drink from the rivers and swim in them.
River bank erosion and collapse can lead to flooding
Other important issues relating to rivers include the erosion and collapse of banks and flooding that can lead to the destruction of property in towns and villages and rural areas.
Heathland Aquatic Engineering can help to ensure that your streams and rivers runs clear and free and by doing so help to prevent flooding. Our team of professional engineers are on call 24/7 to support our customers with any emergency.
We supply all the necessary equipment for maintaining rivers and our services are available to domestic and commercial clients in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and throughout the United Kingdom. For more information and advice about any the our river services such as river dredging, plant and weed clearance, erosion control, bank stabilisation, fishery management or any other aspect of river management please email [email protected] or call 0800 3891990.