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Marches Blue Business Award 2020

James McGettrick (WM Longreach) receiving Award from Peter Lambert of Shropshire Wildlife Trust James McGettrick (WM Longreach) receiving Award from Peter Lambert of Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Highly Commended in Water Quality Category

The Marches Blue Business Awards celebrates those leading the way in protecting local water resources. It focuses on innovative projects being implemented by businesses across the Marches and beyond which aim to reduce or eliminate water pollution, improve water quality, and cut the use of water within their own organisation.

WM Longreach were Highly Commended in the Water Quality category for their work with local authorities, heritage and wildlife trusts.  Through early engagement with an innovative, ‘can-do’ approach their expertise and ability were key to getting water restoration projects (that improve water quality) off the ground and successfully delivered.  Their projects were effectively managed, working closely with clients considering their budgets and to safeguard against any environmental and ecological impact in and around water.  

In Winter 2019 this was demonstrated on the Newport Canal SSSI Recovery Project.   Deterioration of water quality/lack of depth had led to a steady decline of the aquatic, wildlife habitat and ecology on this SSSI site known to support a rare plant community.  Early engagement supported the sourcing of funding; and successfully completed the scheme gained really positive feedback from the community.

Further evidence of collaboration and their innovative approach on water quality improvement is found in the restoration of Highfields Park (East Midlands).  Involvement with stakeholders, including the Environment Agency, local authorities, landowners, statutory bodies some 5 years before, developed a solution to deal with contaminated silt in the lake.  Innovative technology in a pump system using a floating pipeline from a pontoon was able to move the silt into sealed tubes preventing contaminated particles becoming airborne.  A computer-controlled dosing unit for adding flocculent was connected to the pipeline feeding silt into the tubes and this ‘floc’ bound finer silt particles together to prevent ‘dirty’ water draining back into the lake.  Monitoring of both water and air were carried out throughout, ensuring that the public health would not be affected and water outflow from the lake together with wildlife and ecology were protected.  Now a legacy for all users of this public space, better water quality has transformed this historic park.