River Blackwater (Langford)

The Eel Regulation Compliance project at the River Blackwater in Langford is for installation of eel friendly screening equipment at our abstraction point on the river. The work is driven by the need for Essex & Suffolk Water to comply with the Eels Regulations (2009) and will improve the biodiversity value in the River Blackwater.

Update by ESW Project Manager

Langford Mill Eel Screen Update

Works on the Langford Mill eel screen are continuing to progress well. The lowering of the river for inspection of the area was successful and fish protection was maintained throughout. Due to this success, the project team are now planning to lower the river level again for the installation of the eel screen rather than having dive teams working in the water as was originally designed. These works are scheduled for mid-late January 22, assuming weather conditions are suitable and the river is not in flood.

Most activities on this project are happening off-site for now; manufacture of the eel screen has been completed and the support structure and control systems are also being built off-site. There are likely to be some minor preparatory works in and around the Mill in the lead up to Christmas but the main site works will commence in the New Year.

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