Recently I cycled down to my local river and I saw that it had been dredged. Someone had cut down the trees that lined it and scraped up the sides.
Rivers should be full of life, teeming with fish and aquatic plants. But this one just looked like a muddy ditch.
Why does this happen?
It happens all over Ireland every year. The answer is that there is a law called the Arterial Drainage Act. It was made in 1945 and it requires the Office of Public Works to dredge the rivers and clear the riverbanks, killing thousands of trees and other important wildlife. This has been really bad for the environment since the Second World War.
But I was excited to hear that the Irish Wildlife Trust has started a petition to change things. They are asking he government to reform the Act so that it protects rivers instead of destroying them.
I have signed the petition – and I hope you will too, for the sake of our rivers and trees!
You can sign the petition here.