Our vision

A clean and flourishing environment in and around our waters – for now and for future generations.

Our aim

To empower the rowing community across Britain to work together to learn, share and develop robust, sustainable practices to protect the sport we love and our planet.

Read Our Strategic Plan

Clean river

Our 6 objectives

Help Our Waters Thrive

British Rowing will work in collaboration to restore access to clean water.

Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

We will audit and measure our CO2e footprint – and make plans to reduce it.

Embed Sustainable Practice into our Operations

British Rowing will implement ways of working with sustainability at their core.

Be Agile

British Rowing will think forwards and laterally to mitigate and protect our sport against climate change.

Learn, Educate and Facilitate

British Rowing will learn as a sport and in turn help our members learn.

Inspire and Celebrate

We will motivate British Rowing staff and members to ‘do the right thing’, and  to celebrate their success.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Support from the GB Rowing Team

GB Rowing Team athletes tested water quality at the National Training Centre in Caversham, near Reading as part of the launch for our Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

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Case studies and resources for clubs

Club energy usage - on and off the water

Reducing and decarbonising your energy use is good for air quality and it can help your energy bills too.

Making light work of your club’s energy bills

Renewable energy at rowing clubs: Case studies

Tell us what your club is doing

PV panels at Molesey BC

Guidance on rowing when water quality is poor

  • Mitigations to take when water quality is poor.
  • What to do if you become sick.
  • How various club roles should respond to poor water quality.
Download the guidance

Invasive species guidance

Download this handy leaflet containing photos to help you identify the main non-native, invasive species found on our waterways as well as quick notes on how you can help.

Download the ID Guide
Floating pennywort

5 things clubs can do now

  1. Use buckets of water not hose pipes for cleaning boats.
  2. Only use water (no detergents) to clean boats.
  3. E-mail your local MP asking them about their policy on clean water. This takes just 2 minutes and you can get a pre-written letter here.
  4. Take shorter showers after training (many water companies provide free shower timers to help you do this – search for ‘free shower timer’).
  5. Stop and pick up litter in the water during training, when practical, or on land around your boathouse.

For more environmental sustainability ideas for your club, check out Section 4.6 (P82) in our Club Management Guide.

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Aquascope provides freshwater intelligence for:

  • Resource risk planning and investment
  • Climate change insights and adaptation
  • River pollution forecasting
  • Community support and insights.

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River Action

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We find creative and innovative ways of unlocking action and delivering impact on the ground.

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The Rivers Trust

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The Rivers Trust is an umbrella organisation for 65 member Rivers Trusts across Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Rivers shape our land­scapes and pro­vide the foun­da­tions of our cities, towns and coun­try­side. When they thrive, so do we.

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