High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles The Yorkshire Dales
Rivers Trust was formed in 2004 with a remit to improve, restore
and conserve the rivers Swale, Ure, Wharfe and Nidd whose
headwaters lie within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the
Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The trust is a
member of the Association of Rivers Trusts which set up as a
charity in 2001 to represent member trusts and assist them with
conserving river catchments across England and Wales. The trust's
remit is to improve the catchments of the four rivers of interest
from the headwaters to the Humber Estuary, starting with the upland
sections of the rivers before moving work downstream. Many of the
impacts on rivers arise close to the headwaters where annual
rainfall is high and topography steep, resulting in rapid movements
of water from land to river. This can be exacerbated by changes in
land management including upland drainage channels on peat soils
and soil compaction of in-bye land from heavy machinery and
livestock. There is some evidence to suggest that downstream flood
events may become more regular and have higher peak flows due to
such land management.
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