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So Much To Learn - RTA Help

The River is in flood and the power has to be seen and heard to bring home the force that Mother Nature can deliver

Learning about our environment is a vital life lesson for our children. Pollution KILLS FISH usually gets the message home!

The River is the perfect place to build confident young people. Take them out and teach them to paddle. Just watch!

Learning  onboard a “floating classroom” for the day was a whole new experience for these children from Oxfordshire.

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Above Left: Lets see how much non biodegradable plastic rubbish we can pick up on our school litter pick afternoon. WOW Loads!

Above right: These young people are training with the help we have been able to give them. With luck they will soon have a new full time job.

Below Left: Learning whilst doing your own thing and getting muddy too is great fun!

Below Right: Learning about Angling appeals to girls as well as boys and helps eradicate yet another stereotype. Trained volunteers  will help.

The River is so much more fun than travelling on the school bus. The kids want to go, out on a floating classroom to photograph, to understand. They can now get involved with Annual Swan Upping too. Ask for details What  better way to learn about the environment is there?  The Thames Path is a flat level tow path stretching 184 miles from source to the Thames Barrier. Environment & Learning. Later in life volunteering to help with the upkeep of the Thames Path is a healthy way of making friends and doing good for our environment too.

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Boris Flushed With Success As He Opens Lee Tunnel . . .

Boris Johnson opens Lee Tunnel

London Mayor Boris Johnson commissioned the first part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel at the end of January 2016.

The 4.3 mile Lee Tunnel runs from Abbey Mills pumping station to Beckton Sewage Works, and will help prevent more than 16 million tonnes of sewage overflowing into Bow Creek (and the Thames) during periods of heavy rainfall.

Work has now started on the 16 mile-long Tideway Tunnel which, when completed in 2023, will intercept the remaining combined sewage overflows of London's Victorian sewer system which currently discharge several hundred tonnes of sewage into the Thames Tideway every year.

This ambitious project, costing £4.2 billion, faced strong opposition from community groups along its proposed construction sites, but was eventually approved in 2014 following extensive lobbying by a wide-ranging coalition of environmental groups led by RTA members Thames21.

London Mayor Boris Johnson photographed with engineers and workers at Beckton Sewage Treatment Centre

Mayor Boris Johnson spoke of future generations swimming in the Thames with otters as he opened the capital’s first super sewer with a flush of pride.

“This is a truly massive achievement for our British engineering,” Boris John son said. “It will serve us all for generations to come.

“It’s great for the environment and it’s great for us.

“We will make our river so clean that our children – or maybe grandchildren – will be able to swim in it with the otters and the salmon.”

The tunnel is the width of three double decker buses!