Rivers expert wins award for his dedication

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A DONCASTER man has won a special award for his dedication to reviving the River Don.

Don Catchment Rivers Trust director Chris Firth and colleague David Rowley collected a vase and £1,000 for services to fisheries and the environment at the Rivers Trust autumn conference in Newcastle. 

It recognises all the hard work and effort the two men have put in to the Rivers Trust in a voluntary capacity over the last eight years, especially their recent work on the River Don.

They secured a large pot of money to build a fish pass and worked tirelessly for over two years to make the project work when most others would have given up in the face of adversity. 

Chris, who worked in fisheries for 40 years, has also written a book Doomsday to the Dawn of the New Millennium, an account of the demise and recovery of the fish populations of the River Don.

In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for services to Fisheries and the Environment and retired from the Environment Agency in 2004.