EA Consultation – River Flow and Water Abstraction Standards re Hydropower

This is an Environment Agency Consultation on which we should all be making our views heard, whether as Rivers Trust members, Anglers, Ecologists, Walkers, Cyclists or any other river (or riverbank) user.
Rather than expressing my views hers I’ll just copy and paste from today Monday’s email 2013-01-21

Consultation on river flow and water abstraction standards for hydropower will
be available for you to view and comment between the following dates:

Start date: 21/01/13 09:00

End date: 02/04/13 23:59

Please select the following link to view this event:


If the link appears to be broken, please try copying the entire link into the
address bar on your web browser.

This e-mail has been automatically generated by the Consultation software.

There was also a block about confidentiality of the email, but since anyone can sign up for the consultations alert, anyone can see that block for themselves if they sign up.

You can sign up yourself to be alerted of EA Consultations at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/library/consultations/consultations.aspx

Rivers Trust Newsletters – past issues

Here are a set of links to the webpages archive of Rivers Trust newsletters

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Agreement Event 21.11.12

Saltaire Methodist Church,
Saltaire Road,
West Yorkshire
BD18 3HJ

  • Session 1 – 15:00 – 17:30
  • Session 2 – 19:00 – 20:30

The project is to hold its scheduled ‘agreement’ event on Wednesday 21st November at the Saltaire Methodist Church over two sessions. The event will examine issues that have become evident through the numerous consultations and events we have held over the year about the beck and its management into the future. Both of these sessions will look at the picture of the beck that has been gathered thus far through water quality and ecological assessments, the 6 visions for the beck, as well as a summary of potential future projects to take the project forward. All are welcome!
The first session from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm is for the institutional stakeholders and associated professionals and the second from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm is for the wider public. The reasons we are doing these across two sessions is to cater for the numbers of attendees, and that the focus of each session is slightly different. The Church is 8-10 minutes walk from Saltaire Train Station and there is a carpark nearby on the corner of Caroline Street and Victoria Road.

If you would like to book a place please email me, and feel free to distribute this further to colleagues and/or friends who might be interested in attending.

With kind regards,

Michael Canning (M.Sc, IEEM, SER)

Bradford Beck Project Officer
Aire Rivers Trust



Aire Rivers Trust, a company limited by guarantee, company number 07464227.
Registered as a charity – registration number 1145609.

Invasive species research – your help needed (2)!

Dear readers,

From: Nigel Taylor

Message: Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a new PhD student at the University of Leeds, investigating the
impacts of and interactions between invasive species. I am focusing on the
signal crayfish and Chinese mitten crab.

It seems as if the River Aire could provide some interesting field sites
where these two invaders may meet, with crayfish moving downstream and
mitten crabs moving up. Unfortunately, published data on the invaders’
distributions is scant.

I was wondering if you could provide any information on these two species
in the Aire. Any anecdotal sightings (from informal surveys, residents near
the river, angling clubs etc.) would be very useful. If you have no
information at present, do you have a mailing list or way of circulating my
request so I can be informed if any river users see these species?

Many thanks in advance for your assistance.

Nigel Taylor


Nigel Taylor
Postgraduate Research Student
Manton Building 8.17
University of Leeds
Clarendon Way LS2 9JT

E-mail: bsngt@leeds.ac.uk
Mobile: + 44 7837 454 076

EA consultations

Latest EA consultation:

A consultation on Working Together to deliver river basin management

The Environment Agency has for a long time had a consultations system, some consultations relate to environmental permitting, many to other areas of the agency’s remit.

These consultations always run for a month or more, at the end of the period the Environment Agencywrites a report summarising the responses and how the EA proposes to respond to the consultation.

The consultations summary page is at this link, a list of open and most recent closed consultations ((i.e. usually a link to tyne associated report should be available)) can be found here (6 are currently open at the time of writing – 2012-06-22)

I’m highlighting this on the website rather than trustees email, since I feel the process should have wider publicity.

You can register a consultee account at register, most consultations require you to login to take part in the process.

Today a fairly important consultation for Rivers Trusts and others interested in riverine issues started, its a 6 month consultation.
NB: Not all the article appears in the news grid, this italic note only appears when not logged in.

Attachments: 2 external links (there are 9 more but only 2 are relevant to our catchment) (1 national document and 10 basin catchments)

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Sunday Observer – water quality cleaning costs

Spotted in the Sunday Observer 2012-06-03

£30bn bill to purify water system after toxic impact of contraceptive pill

Drug firms oppose an EU call for controls on potent chemicals that have been blamed for the gender mutation of freshwater fish

see original article or read full text below (when viewed as single article)

also related article: ‘Toxic stew’ of chemicals causing male fish to carry eggs in testes (Guardian Wed 21 April 2010) linked to in the article
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Aire Rivers Trust seeks helpers for Bradford Beck clean up

The following article appeared in the Telegraph and Argus today (Mon 21 May 2012)

Aire Rivers Trust seeks helpers for Bradford Beck clean up

A training day for volunteers to carry out periodic water sampling is to take place Thursday, June 14, at Bradford University, 13:00 (1 pm)

DavidB pp Michael Canning

Bradford Beck next phase
Bradford Beck Project

T+A Article text follows
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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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