EEL PROTECTION SCHEME

River Waveney (Shipmeadow, nr. Beccles)

The Eel Regulation Compliance project at the River Waveney in Shipmeadow 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 Waveney.

Update by Nicola Wigington

Activity at Waveney has been quiet in the last few weeks while the team were away working on our Belaugh site installing similar Eel protection screens there. That installation has gone really well and the team have transferred back to the Waveney, bringing with them the learnings and experience of Belaugh to make sure Waveney goes equally smoothly.

The dive team started on site last week moving any built up silt away from the intake in preparation for the screens and their supporting framework to be installed this week. Once that’s in the river the pipework and electrical connections will be made and if all goes well the system should be up and running by the beginning of December.

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