From source to sea, the River Avon is under constant pressure. This may be due to agriculture (to feed us), flood management (to protect us), abstraction (to supply our water), effluent (from systems that treat our sewage and from industry), or just by our using it for leisure and recreation purposes. There are other problems too, but they are all mainly as a result of the pressures we place on the river. These pressures will not go away and will increase as the populations of all our local towns and cities increase. The Bristol Avon Rivers Trust recognises these pressures and aims to use innovative and natural approaches to protecting and improving the river wherever it can with the support of landowners, river users and local communities.