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