After the floods in 2007 in Sheffield the Environment Agency undertook a comprehensive programme of works to clear the River Don of tree growth, vegetation and debris. Both eyewitness accounts and subsequent modelling demonstrated the capacity of the channel was significantly compromised by years of under managed tree growth and invasive species growth during the summer months. Work started with significant tree clearance and shoal removal at a site upstream of the city centre. The scale of the work caused concern amongst local partners and the Agency paused the work and convened a workshop with partners to consider the remainder of the programme and opportunities to improve not only the current programme of works, but also to look at how the improvements to the channel could be sustained.
Thursday, July 27, 2017