The government’s goal to restore the natural environment within a generation, coupled with its proposed reforms to public payments to farmers after the UK leaves the EU, have created the possibility of a radically different policy framework for managing land and water.
An Environment Agency (EA) project designed to protect the flood warning service for Stanhope has also been successful in improving fish passage on the River Wear.
Installing the fish pass at Stanhope will allow more fish species to pass upstream over the weir, improving access to c15mi of spawning and nursery grounds. The pass includes a series of baffles – metal plates fixed to a concrete channel – which slow the flow of water enabling fish to pass over more easily. The improvements are set to benefit species such as salmon and trout in particular.
We are pleased to inform you that a new website, ‘The Flood Hub’, will be launched in November – a website developed for the North West to help homeowners, businesses, communities and landowners manage their flood risk and become more flood resilient. The Flood Hub has been funded by the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) and is a joint initiative developed by Newground, the Environment Agency, United Utilities, and the Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire Strategic Flood Partnerships.
The Tamdhu Fish Pass project, which SEPA is a partner of, was unveiled last week. The 4.5 metre high, 16m long construction is now allowing salmon and sea trout to breed in a 2.3 mile stretch of the Knockando Burn that has been inaccessible since Victorian times. The target date for reopening this section of the Knockando Burn to migrating fish was 2027 but the Tamdhu Fish Pass Project has allowed this to be completed nine years early.
CEH climate modeller Chris Huntingford tells us more about a recent China-UK collaboration aiming to generate a better understanding of large-scale catchment properties and runoff under climate change...
Wild eels are being microchipped in a bid to bring them back from the brink of global extinction.
Numbers of glass eels returning to the UK have decreased by 95% in the past 40 years due to habitat loss and obstructions in waterways hindering their movements, according to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT).
The trust blames “low-lying land reclamation, flood control measures - such as tidal flaps - and obsolete industrial structures like weirs” for destroying and preventing access to eels’ habitat.
From the Center for Watershed Protection