As listed in the section headed “Aims and Objectives” the
Association normally organises three meetings each year. This enables
those attending to meet with their opposite number in other organisations
which have the same objectives and very often the same problems.
Objectives are similar in that the whole movement exists to further the
restoration of inland waterways mainly for navigation purposes.
Seeking co-operation from Local Authorities is an issue common to almost
all projects. There is now, a greater awareness by Local
Authorities of the benefits to their community achieved by successful
restoration projects, which is very encouraging. So visits to various
waterways by the Association can bring valuable local publicity to the
projects, and can in turn provide material for gaining more recognition.
The practical engineering aspects of restoration vary according to the
type of waterway being worked on. But almost every waterway has
characteristics which are common to another, and attendance at Association
meetings enables discussion with others who have to deal with these.
The winter meeting offers the opportunity for associates to request and
hear from speakers invited to provide information and advice on a range of
issues. This meeting also provides an excellent opportunity for associates
to discuss with each other matters of mutual interest.