Last week, the Environment Agency submitted our DNAire bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is a very important step in our desire to restore salmon to the river and re-engage the community through a £4 million river-wide project. The bid summary states:
‘Developing the Natural Aire’ is for 570,000 people in the project area. It will engage communities with the engineering and natural heritage of the River Aire and Leeds-Liverpool Canal through restoration of the iconic Atlantic salmon.
At a series of ‘Kissing Points’, where the river, canal and heritage come together, we will work with communities using digital technologies to:
1) increase heritage learning and improve access
2) empower and enable communities and people to develop their own stories and informally ‘adopt’ local heritage
3) create a digital trail from Leeds to the Yorkshire Dales.
Building fish passes will reconnect the natural river system for salmon and other fish and animal species.
Through training placements and apprenticeships, we will use the design and delivery of the fish passes to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and the engineering principles used to build the canal, weirs and fish passes.
Note that this is a bid for development funds to work up the detail of the proposal and we hope to hear whether we have been successful by November 2016.