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

Fish & Eel Pass Progress, May 24

Following the successful concrete pour and a spell of good weather, progress has been storming ahead! Gabions (wire baskets of stone) have been installed to support the banks and the areas behind the gabions have been backfilled with soil to bring back the original ground levels. The lower gabion on the southern side (nearest the bank) will also prevent pooling in what would otherwise be a ‘dead end’ for the fish and eels using the pass. 

Upcoming activities include filling the space between the gabion baskets at the lower end of the eel pass channel with stone. Looking further ahead, we will be installing the tiles designed to optimise the water flow characteristics in both channels to make passage up the pass as easy as possible for the different species.

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