Starts At: Barmby Tidal Barrage
Ends At: Barmby Tidal Barrage
Thursday 10 March 2016 00:15 until Thursday 10 March 2016 23:45
Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Water resources
Trial taking place as per:
ENVIRONMENT AGENCY Water Resources Act 1991
(as amended by the Water Act 2003)
Barmby Tidal Order
Notice is hereby given that further to the trial that occurred on 11 April 2013, the Environment Agency in cooperation with Yorkshire Water, Natural England and the Open University is going to operate some further short term trials on the operation of the Barmby Barrage on the River Derwent over the next five years. This notice will last for this period.
The trial will be designed to help us understand the impact of the barrage on the hydrology of the lower Derwent and to help the protection and enhancement of the grasses of the flood plain meadow, whilst safeguarding the wider nature conservation interests.
The intention is, when flows in the river Derwent are 24 cubic metres per second, 20 cumecs and 16 cumecs as measured by the Agency’s gauging station on the Derwent at Buttercrambe and when there is standing water on the Meadows: we will
- Open the gates at Barmby Barrage such that the Derwent level is allowed to follow the Ouse level to its minimum at low tide, then closing them on the rising tide to avoid Ouse water flowing back in.
- This will be over a half tidal cycle (once over one day).
- Repeat this opening and closing regime over different flow bands, on different days.
- We will gather data from recorders at Bubwith, Elvington, East Cottingwith, Loftsome Bridge and Barmby Barrage.
Based on the response to these trial events, new management guidelines could be drawn up to protect the meadows against the prolonged water logging events that are currently threatening the future of the traditional plant and wildlife communities, for which they are designated under the European Habitats Directive.
Licensed abstractors on the affected river reach have been notified.
A copy of the proposal, maps, plans and any other associated documents may be inspected free of charge at Barmby Barrage, Barmby on the Marsh, Goole, DN14 7HX during normal office hours, Monday to Friday.
Any person who wishes to make representation about the
proposal can do so in writing to Karen Wooster, Environment Agency, Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds, LS11 9AT or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further advice about making a representation, a leaflet – Making your views count – is available by calling the National Customer Contact Team on 08708 506506. Any general enquiries about this notice can be made by telephoning 02030256808.
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