EEL PROTECTION SCHEME

River Bure (Belaugh)

The Eel Regulation Compliance project at the River Bure in Belaugh 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 Bure.

Update by Nicola Wigington

The screens and infrastructure are now in place and the screens will be tested over the next few weeks while we optimise the cleaning cycle frequency. It’s the perfect time of year to be doing this, with most trees shedding their leaves now there’s plenty of debris in the water to give the screens a real test in the most trying conditions.

The attached photos are from the installation phase, you can see the mini crane used to lift the screens in and the dive team in the water carrying out the final fix. The screens themselves are totally submerged so what you can see above the water are the tops of the supporting framework and the floating boom which will maintain separation between the installation and passing river craft.

The team have worked really hard in some challenging weather conditions in the last few weeks and have taken care to smooth out any ruts caused by vehicles tracking across to the riverside site but there will be muddy patches left behind for a while in these wet conditions, please take care if you’re walking through the field. The grass should quickly return over these patches in the next growing season which will return the field to its normal condition.

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