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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The water management team update us on the Water Act 2003 and its potential impacts on the Canal & River Trust’s water availability in the future.
In our Water Resources Strategy 2015 we identified some of the pressures on our water resources including new environmental legislation with the potential to reduce our water availability in the future. The Water Resources Act 1991 (Section 26) controls the abstraction and impoundment of water in England and Wales. This legislation was updated in November 2003 by the Water Act 2003 (c.37 Section 5) and several key changes were made to the licensing system. Some of these have been enacted and others were still awaiting a commencement order.
One of the main changes that will impact on us is the removal of the exemption for surface water transfers into canals. This change is now imminent with the two-year abstraction licence application window opening on 1 January 2018.
The Environment Agency (EA) and Natural Resources Wales will then have three years to determine the applications. In doing so, there is a risk that a number of our existing abstractions will have conditions placed upon them that will restrict the quantities of water we can abstract, driven by the Water Framework Directive and other legislation to protect the environment.
With over 250 potential licences we are expecting to apply for, this will have a major impact on our future water availability. Progress on the application process and licence determination will be provided in future Water Resource Strategy Annual Updates.
The water management team spend their days making sure that we have just the right amount of water in our canals. Here they share some of the highlights of their work with us.