10. Lower the ford at Waters Place Farm
Theme: Ecology and biodiversity
- Remove physical barriers along the river
- Improve the ecological health of the river bed and banks
This project will lower the ford at Waters Place farm, to improve fish passage and enhance upstream habitat.
Fords and their associated impoundments have a number of problems for rivers. Firstly, if the height is more than 30cm, fish will be unable to navigate the ford. Secondly, they back up the river upstream, causing silt to drop out and cover the gravels, and the flow to be sluggish and pond-like.
This project will lower the height of the ford at Waters Place Farm, enabling fish to pass the structure and reducing the upstream impacts.