About the Campaign
IWA launched the #ProtectOurWaterways campaign in March 2023, with an initial focus on raising awareness about the threats to our waterways and protecting canals and rivers from funding cuts.
History tells us that without boats travelling along them, waterways silt up and become dirty rubbish tips. Without adequate funding for maintenance reservoirs, aqueducts, and embankments will deteriorate, putting communities at increasing risk of water damage from a failing infrastructure. The added threat of climate change will only worsen the situation as severe flooding and breaches become more commonplace.
The waterways of today would not exist without the Inland Waterways Association and the work of our dedicated members and volunteers who, over many years, ensured that canals and rivers were saved and enhanced. The scale of the threat to our waterways from inadequate funding demands that we combine our resources with those of organisations of all types from within and beyond the waterways sector. We have therefore joined with over 100 partner organisations in the #FundBritainsWaterways action group. Delivering the funding strand of #ProtectOurWaterways through #FundBritainsWaterways is our number one campaigning priority for now. Further strands of the #ProtectOurWaterways campaign will follow.
IWA is playing a leading role on the steering group of #FundBritainsWaterways and we will not let the waterways network fall into disrepair again, but we need your support. With your help, and the support of the many waterways users and enthusiasts across the country, our canals and rivers may stand a chance of securing the investment they need.