Gale Brook, Arley Brook, Smoker Brook Catchments


Are you aware of how important your local waters are for wildlife, water, business and communities?

Gale Brook, Arley Brook, Smoker Brook are all tributaries of the River Weaver.  Positioning Rivers at the heart of economic regeneration has resulted in a dynamic and proactive Weaver Gowy Catchment Partnership, committed to improving the health of Rivers for the benefit of all.

The Rivers Weaver and Gowy provide:

  • One of the UK’s most significant populations of freshwater eel and important habitat for protected species including water voles, otters, and crayfish.
  • Nationally important waterways including the Weaver Navigation which are currently undergoing regeneration across business, leisure and tourism sectors as a result of the rich and vibrant heritage they offer.

We need your help to turn things around for your local wildlife, businesses and communities who all benefit from GOOD water quality in your local rivers.

The Gale, Smoker and Arley Brooks are suffering from poor water quality due to high sediment loads and nutrients, particularly phosphates, which are present in fertilisers, manures and domestic sewage.  This has a negative impact on the local ecology as well as affecting the water quality of the River Weaver. The Water Framework Directive (WFD) classification indicates:

  • Arley Brook declined from GOOD phosphate levels in 2009 to MODERATE phosphate levels in 2015.
  • Gale Brook has remained at MODERATE phosphate levels since 2009 and is showing little improvement.
  • In 2012 the WFD ecological classification of Smoker Brook declined from Moderate to Poor due to declining fish populations.

This project is funded by Environment Agency and delivered in partnership with Reaseheath Agricultural Development Academy.

Funding for Improvements


Contact your project officer at Reaseheath College for more information about financial support for fencing, water supply, feeding/drinking areas, watercourse crossing, dirty water separation, sediment management and more.


Our project officer can assess your potential for Natural England’s Mid-Tier, Water Quality and Boundary Grants and assist in the application process.



Please get in touch if you would like to know more about this project.

Phone: 01270 613195

Or Rachel Price the Farm Environmental Services Advisor who is overseeing this project for RADA

Rachel Price


Mobile: 07976 364730