We use different methods to tell us how clean or polluted the river is and what species are in the water.

We also monitor the effects of different land management practices such as the Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems SuDs and the introduction of Natural Flood Management (NFM).

The Pix Brook currently has a Water Framework Directive (WFD) classification of ‘moderate’ for its ecological condition. Its chemical status is ‘fail’. Too many phosphates, nickel and microplastics called PFOS and PBDE have been found in the river.

We will install water quality monitoring to understand what chemicals and other substances are in the water. We want to know the sources and pathways of contamination that enter the river and their impact on water quality.

When we have a better understanding of the sources of pollution we can minimise pollution entering the Pix Brook. We’ll do this by sharing our knowledge with the community so we can all take steps to reduce pollution.  We will create an enhanced environment that people, animals, insects and plants can all enjoy.


Zoomed in photo of a fast flowing river
The river snaking through a grassy area in an urban environment
The river in a wooded area
The river flowing over concrete blocks