Rivers and Beaches

Rivers and Beaches

Rivers Event Recordings

After our hugely successful River Event with over 12 River Groups, and a number of speakers from organisations such as AONB and Rivers Trust, you can now access the recordings here:

Watch the: Recording of the three talks

Watch the: Q&A and conversation with the Rivers

Read the: Key Points from the Dorset CAN Bright Blue Dorset meeting

View the: Presentation Slides

Related resources: see the detailed and highly informative ‘Septic Tanks and the Environment’ presentation by Ali Morse from the Watercress and Winterbournes meeting in January 2023

Clean up Dorset’s Rivers and Beaches

Raw sewage in our rivers - Latest Data and Map | The Rivers Trust
Surfers Against Sewage • Water Quality Report 2022

River Groups

All across Dorset there are community led river projects (some are just outside the county but watersheds are administratively promiscuous) Follow the links for more info and to JOIN! (If yours isn’t listed – please send us details):

River Asker Community Project
Bridport Rivers Catchment Group
Cerne Valley Project
River Char Community Project
Lower Char Community Project
Connecting the Culm
Dorset Catchment Partnerships
DWT’s Dorset Wild Rivers scheme
Friends of the River Frome
River Kit monitoring group (Chardstock ECO Group)
River Lim Monitoring Project
Health of the River Piddle
Poole Harbour catchment initiative
River Stour Catchment Initiative
River Tarrant Rehabilitation Project
Winniford River Action Group

In the News

River Lim Action Group: Hello South West Water. No More Poo! please in our Marine Reserve

Lyme Regis residents urged to stay out of ‘toxic’ River Lim as beach considered for ‘downgrading’ - LymeOnline (lyme-online.co.uk)

England and Wales’s broken water system can be fixed – here’s what to do first | Dieter Helm | The Guardian

A systems approach on storm overflows: Ten things government’s reduction plan should do - CIWEM

Wallingford applies to Defra for bathing water status for a stretch of the River Thames in the town

Raw deal: discontent is rising as water companies pump sewage into UK waters

England’s privatised water firms paid £57bn in dividends since 1991

Rivers and Beaches


Across Dorset campaigning groups are working to clean up our rivers and beaches. Dorset CAN's role is to connect, co-ordinate and publicise these fantastic local efforts.



Jan 30th 2023 @ 7pm

Bright Blue Dorset Rivers Event
This successful event pulled together 12 River Groups and over 40 attendees for an online zoom with speakers from The Rivers Trust, Environmental Consultants and AONB, West Dorset Rivers & Coastal Streams Catchment.


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