We explain environmental & social issues with rivers to local communities - these could be about resilience (such as flooding) or about the quality of the local area. We help local people & businesses to engage with ways to improve their local river. Sometimes these issues have causes & solutions that are close to them - sometimes the solutions are further upstream. That's why we're called Downstreams - all problems have a solution somewhere downstream.
Our social enterprise status
We're a not-for-profit social enterprise. We cover our expenses, we pay our staff, then we fold the rest into our mission - to improve the UK's river's & environment.
What We've Achieved
Although we're a young organisation, we're keen as mustard and have started up at speed. We're keen advocates of the catchment-based approach to improving rivers & the surrounding environment/landscape. Here are a few of our achievements while we've been starting up:
- Winner, Ordnance Survey Developer Challenge 2014
- Member, Catchment Data User Group
- Funded by Catchment Partnership Fund to research & improve social media usage amongst catchment partnerships & rivers trusts.
- Co-organiser, FloodHack 2016 (sponsored by Open Data Institute Leeds)
- Facilitator, Water Quality Hackathon 2016 (sponsored by Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
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