Case study:Babbs Mill reed bed
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- 1 Project overview
- 2 Image gallery
- 3 Catchment and subcatchment
- 4 Site
- 5 Project background
- 6 Reasons for river restoration
- 7 Measures
- 8 Monitoring
- 9 Additional documents and videos
- 10 Additional links and references
- 11 Supplementary Information
|Project web site|
|Themes||Habitat and biodiversity, Urban|
|Main contact forename||Will|
|Main contact surname||Groves|
|Main contact user ID||User:Wgroves|
|Contact organisation||Environment Agency|
|Contact organisation web site||http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk|
|Partner organisations||Environment Agency, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Friends of Kingfisher Park|
|Parent multi-site project|
| This is a parent project
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The project will help improve the water quality of both Babb’s Mill lake and the River Cole and should also eradicate the unpleasant smell associated with one of the waterways in the area, known locally as the ‘smelly brook’.
A new reed bed has been created (March 2013) to improve water quality in Babbs Mill lake by cleansing the urban watercourse which flows through York’s Wood.
At the same time the watercourse itself was restored as it was broken out of its existing concrete channel and into a more natural course.
It's hoped that the more natural and visible watercourse will help deter fly tipping and increase the reporting of pollution incidents.
A shallow-water shelf was also created in Babbs Mill Lake from material excavated during the creation of the reedbed. This area will be allowed to develop into a second reed bed providing additional treatment of the watercourse.
Photos of the scheme are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/environment-agency/sets/72157632746487191/#
Increase community awareness of urban catchment challenges.
Monitoring surveys and results
Catchment and subcatchment
Select a catchment/subcatchment
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos