Rodley Weir – fish pass

In Yorkshire Waters – Biodiversity action plan (near the bottom) one of the targets for April 2015 is “To have installed a functioning fish pass at Rodley Weir.”

Work on this has now started, press release 4 May 2012 which appears below
See: report form ITV Calendar’s website (the picture is Castleford weir)
Also: links to related posts appear at the bottom off the full article.
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Invasive species research – your help needed!

Dear readers,

I’m an ecology PhD student at the University of Leeds and as part of my research I’m investigating the impacts of aquatic invasive species in the UK. Animals such as North American signal crayfish, zebra mussels and killer shrimp and plants such as floating pennywort are spreading through our waterways having been accidentally introduced from other countries. Species such as these can cause serious damage to river banks and water pipes and are responsible for dramatic declines of our native flora and fauna.

In the absence of any other form of control, the only way we can reduce the impact of these invasive species as well as diseases that they may introduce, such as crayfish plague and koi herpevirus, is to ensure that we do all we can to prevent their further spread.  Disease organisms and invasive species in their smaller juvenile stages may be accidentally spread between waterbodies on boats, vehicles, clothing and fishing equipment. We are seeking your help to try and get a better understanding of current fishing practices so we can identify possible ways to prevent their spread.

We are therefore distributing questionnaires to anglers as well as canoeists and kayakers to find out more about the rivers that they are visiting and the kit that they are using at each site. This will enable us to see whether there are any areas where the risks from invasive species are likely to be greatest so that awareness campaigns and preventive measures can be targeted to those areas to prevent future outbreaks.

The questionnaire is here: I’d be very grateful if you could email the link to the questionnaire around your trust members. The questionnaire takes 5 – 10 minutes to complete and all answers are completely anonymous. Everyone who completes the survey is given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £50 voucher for AnglingDirect online tackle shop.

Please let me know if you’d be willing to help with this. If you require any further information from me, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best wishes,

Lucy «email»

Angling Trust – Fish Legal to challenge sewage secrecy at tribunal

1.Fish Legal and Emily Shirley v ICO and United Utilities, Yorkshire Water and Southern Water, was heard at the Upper Tribunal (UT) in London on 10th January 2012.
A report appears on the Angling Trust Website 
– However this does not mean the case is over – first paragraph of the report appears next

Following a 3 year battle and concerted attempts by water companies to prevent an appeal, Fish Legal has finally managed to get the case referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The Judge at the Upper Tribunal (UT) in London has prepared some legal questions to ask the CJEU to help decide whether water companies are “public authorities” under European legislation, and therefore subject to public scrutiny.

for more follow this link on the » Angling Trust Website 

below was originally posted 2011-12-27
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Fish Pass Working Group meeting 6th October 2011

For your information, a copy of a letter from Craig McGarvey, Yorkshire Area Manager of the EA, and a copy of the presentation which Black and Veatch made to various EA employees and Rivers Trust representatives this week.

I will be attending the meeting on 6th October on behalf of the Trust. Although Stuart (Jobbins) has been invited, he has told me that he will be unable to attend as he will be in Scotland. This may leave the way open for someone else to attend in his place. Please let me know if you are particularly interested in the fish pass issue and if you wish to attend.

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Gargrave weir[R]

Gargrave weir

owned by Systagenix formerly Johnson & Johnson

As I mentioned last night, I have had a meeting today with Neil Trudgill of the EA, Roy Banks of North Yorkshire County Council and a representative of Systagenix to discuss the possibility of the Trust leading a project to put a fish pass on the weir at Gargrave. The meeting went well and it was decided that the project could go ahead.

As the decision is such a big one, involving the launch of out first major project, I think the decision should be subject to approval by the Trust’s trustees. I would appreciate it if anyone has serious reservations that they could let me know. Likewise, an email from anyone in support would also be appreciated. We could wait until our next meeting to discuss this but as it isn’t until October, I think we should start the process before then.

The background to the proposal to put a fish pass on the weir is that it would open up a number of miles of river to brown trout, grayling and, in the future, migratory fish. Weir removal is not a possibility as Systagenix still use the weir to divert water to a dam for possible use by their (fire) sprinkler system. As we are currently being restricted on fish pass schemes due to proposed hydros, I think we ought to take this opportunity to commence a project, particularly as we have the support of the weir owner, the Council and the EA, and funds are available from the Rivers Trust for these kind of projects.

I look forward to hearing from you.


MarkP replied at 2011-08-26 08:14
Sounds like a really good opportunity and one which I would support.

If you need any help in developing the business case for funding then happy
to help.



Fish pass prioritisation plan

The EA’s wonderful fish pass prioritisation plan and top 60 list of
impassable barriers are available to download by clicking the link

We will present this to internal EA staff and representatives of all the
Yorkshire River Trusts next Wednesday 31st August.
Kevin and I attending for ART.

EA have also established a ‘working group’ comprised of River Trusts
reps (Kevin for ART) and also British Waterways. We meet as a group for
the 1st time on 6 October.

The main report, as presented briefly last night, is quite technical,
but as I was involved in putting it together, I am happy to translate
the detail as required.

Please remember that this is just a management tool to allow us to
deliver a robust package of fish pass building over the next 10 years,
(essential for obtaining funding).

It does not mean that weirs not on the list will not be looked at. We
will continue to work with others especially River Trusts to build fish
passes as opportunities arise.
Funding for WFD projects including fish passes is available for River
Trusts to obtain from DEFRA. Partnership working with the EA is
essential for this.

I have a regular dialogue with Kevin on this and lots of information
that will be of use to ART over the next few years.


Pat O’Brien
Fisheries Technical Specialist
North and East Yorkshire

Environment Agency,
Aviator Court,
Amy Johnson Way
Clifton Moor,
YO30 4GZ

Office: 01904 213 2588
Mobile: 07768 863 077

Invasive Species LAGs

What are LAG’s?
The google search for “non native species LAG” gives the results

Invasive species Local Action Groups funding. The EA has secured DEFRA funding for 4 years, with the first submission deadline 31-Aug-2011. WFD ((see the EC WFD legislation)) funding

See also: WFD-TAG Water Framework Directive Technical Advisory Group (UKTAG) remit

originally (KS+PB) ((this article is a distilling of information that originally appeared on the email list and the post suitably backdated)) Continue reading Invasive Species LAGs

CSO R.Aire 2011-07-18

Combined Sewer Overflow

This is an example of a Combined Sewer Overflow incident on Monday 18th July 19:28, this is not a major pollution incident but when they occur they should be reported to the local water company, in this case it was reported. Persistent and repeated incidents at a CSO are indications that the capacity of the waste water and drains runoff system may be insufficient, and these would be a pollution problem. It occurred after heavy rain