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River Wear fish pass completed

Friday, October 26, 2018

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.

COSMOS-UK: Five years of soil moisture monitoring

Friday, October 26, 2018

On the fifth anniversary of the launch of the first COSMOS-UK site, Hollie Cooper, a Research Associate at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, looks at the origins and growth of our pioneering soil moisture monitoring network.

October 2, 2018, marked five years since the installation of the first COSMOS-UK soil moisture site, located at Chimney Meadows in West Oxfordshire.

The Flood Hub website coming soon

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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.

Microchips to bring globally endangered eels back from brink

Monday, October 22, 2018

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.