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A project, which helped turn a polluted river into a waterway flowing with life, is joining forces with businesses.

Founded three-and-a-half years ago, Greenstreams has helped clean up the Colne, Holme and other rivers around Huddersfield.

Now the organisation has been enticing local firms on board at the launch on its new look website www.greenstreams.org.uk .

The website was relaunched during a meeting for riverside businesses at John Smith’s Stadium, in Huddersfield.

The site includes details of wildlife in Huddersfield’s rivers as well as information on how businesses can get involved.

Greenstreams is offering mutual publicity and other services for its business partners.

It also features wildlife galleries and details on reporting pollution and environmental crime.

Speakers at the meeting included Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and John Smith’s Stadium director, Gareth Davies.

Mr Davies said: “There’s no doubt about the importance of managing and enhancing our rivers.

“The revolutionary and visionary part is to link companies working by the river with the river experts.

“If we put more resources into looking after our backyard we can really move forward.”

The Colne was once severely polluted and supported very little life but the river is now home to brown trout, grayling, herons and kingfishers.

Greenstreams project leader, Jeff Keenlyside, hopes to reintroduce salmon and sea trout to Huddersfield’s waterways.

Mr Keenlyside said: “The river is tied up with the development of this district. People once needed it for their lives.

“The mills used it and then during the Industrial Revolution was the cycle of abuse where it was just a way of getting rid of waste.

“Over the last years we’ve seen enormous improvements in water quality that have brought back grayling and brown trout. I’m hoping in the next stage we can bring back salmon and sea trout. It’s a reality.”

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