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Thames Wins International Environment Award

London’s iconic river Thames has won the prestigious International Theiss River Prize in Perth, Australia this week. The prize recognises outstanding achievement in river management and restoration.

The Thames has undergone an extensive recovery programme that has seen it go from a biologically dead river in the 1950s to today’s thriving waterway; teeming with fish, and with returning salmon, otter and sea trout populations.

Water quality has also improved, with rivers in the Thames catchment rising from 53% rated chemically “Good” or “Very Good” in 1990 to 80% in 2008.

Alastair Driver, the Environment Agency‘s national conservation manager, said: “In the last 150 years the Thames has been to hell and back, and it has taken thousands of people many decades to restore it to this point. … [Now] we and all of the people and organisations we work with are [are working to] ensure that the Thames remains an iconic river for many centuries to come.”

The photo above is from the Environment Agency’s flickr Pool. Add your Thames pics to Visit London’s flickr pool here.

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