Case study:River Can Backwater Restoration
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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
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|Themes||Hydromorphology, Water quality|
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|Main contact surname||Butcher|
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Restoration of a former mill channel to improve backwater habitat for fish, plants and invertebrates. Restored mill channel will also act to improve the quality of surface water run-off from adjacent urban area. The River Can is at a Poor Ecological Status and is not meeting WFD objectives for Fish, invertebrates and Macrophytes. Restoring and reconnecting the historic mill channel into the river will create addition habitat. Surface water from the adjacent urban area also discharges into the mill channel. Leaky dams installed in the mill channel will slow the surface water down, allowing any sediment to settle out and filtering any pollution, thus improving water quality. The mouth of the channel has been widened and de-silted. Better connecting the back channel habitat and refuge from both high flows and predators for fish. Warm shallow areas have also been created. which are ideal habitat for fish fry.
Monitoring surveys and results
By Intercepting run-off and trapping sediment, this scheme will help achieve better water quality preventing the loss of soil, chemicals, nutrients, and faecal organisms. A further benefit is their ability to temporarily capture water and slow down flow. his can reduce localised flooding. Improved back channel habitat that is better connected to the main river will benefit fish invertebrates and plants both in the riparian zone and amin river.
Local authorities own significant amounts of land along all of our main rivers. Working in partnership with them can improve their parkland and nature reserves for amenity, recreation and conservation, benefitting local communities wildlife and reducing flood risk.
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