Case study:Reopening of the culverted Redon river
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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||Environmental flows and water resources, Habitat and biodiversity|
|Main contact forename||Maxime|
|Main contact surname||Chateauvieux|
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|Contact organisation web site||http://www.symasol.fr/|
|Partner organisations||Symasol, departmental environmental and agriculture division, the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (Office National de L’Eau et des Milieux Aquatiques), Fédération départementale de la pêche (departmental fishing federation), local fishing association, the commune.|
|Parent multi-site project|
| This is a parent project
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1.5 km from its outlet, the Redon had been culverted for the purposes of a quarry. The passage of the river through a concrete culvert covering a 230 metre stretch prevents many of the fish from the lake from swimming upstream, to an ideal breeding ground. The quarry where the culvert is located is no longer active, therefore 230 metres of the culverted river were reopened. In order to diversify the environment, a meandering bed was created. Plantation was used to protect the banks and the longitudinal section was stabilised
Monitoring surveys and results
Pre-restoration works monitoring have been carried out. It includes a topographic survey for a hydraulic analysis of the site. Furthermore, fish rescue by electric fishing was performed at the opening of the culvert.
Fish stocks were monitored following the culvert removal on the Redon, six months after the restoration work. As part of the appraisal of the “Crossborder river contractforthe southwest part of Lake Geneva” (2006-2012), fish stocks were monitored in all the watercourses in the area covered by the SYMASOL. For this, the fish population was counted in the Redon at the location of the work site in the summer of 2011, four years after the restoration work.
An IBGN survey was conducted in 2009 (two years after the work) by a consultancy.
Lake trout can now swim up the whole length of the Redon.
Six months after the works, about 230 river trout were recorded throughout the reopened stretch, i.e. 3,800 individuals per hectare against only fifteen or so individuals identified during the fish rescue operation.
The results of the 2011 electric fishing confirm the trend noted six months after work was completed. Thus, 48 trout were counted on the upstream station, i.e. 3,678 individuals per hectare.
These results are very positive and seem to indicate that the fish population is stabilising in the part of the watercourse where the culvert has been removed.
The IBGN analysis suggests that the quality of water is restrictive in this portion of the Redon. The taxon indicator (Hydropsychidae) is relatively tolerant to poor water quality and taxonomic diversity is quite low (18 taxons identified). However, the absence of a sampling point before the restoration work does not allow the observation of a potential gain in terms of water quality or habitat diversity due to removal of the culvert.
The outcome in terms of overall assessment is excellent from the point of view of elected officials, residents and fishing stakeholders.
Pursuant to the River Contract (2006-2012), a general policy to review weirs preventing river continuity was implemented. Rocky boulders or bypasses were set up to make weirs passable.
Catchment and subcatchment
Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos