Case study:River Lyvennet River Restoration Project at Maulds Meaburn, Penrith, Cumbria
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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||http://www.edenriverstrust.org.uk/restoring-river-lyvennet-its-former-natural-glory|
|Themes||Fisheries, Habitat and biodiversity, Land use management - agriculture, Land use management - forestry, Monitoring, Social benefits, Water quality|
|Main contact forename||Joanne|
|Main contact surname||Backshall|
|Main contact user ID||User:JoanneBackshall|
|Contact organisation||Eden Rivers Trust|
|Contact organisation web site||http://www.edenriverstrust.org.uk|
|Partner organisations||Environment Agency, Natural England, landowner and tenant farmers|
|Parent multi-site project|
| This is a parent project
encompassing the following
The River Eden River Restoration Strategy (RERRS) is a partnership project involving Eden Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England, working with land owners and farmers. It aims to return rivers in the Eden catchment to a more natural state for the benefit of wildlife and people. It was developed as a remedy for the unfavourable condition of large parts of the River Eden and Tributaries Site of Special Scientific Interest.
On the River Lyvennet and Howe Beck at Barnskew and Meaburn Hall, Maulds Meaburn the rivers were restored to their original winding channels with approximately 1500 m of straightened river now meandering through nearly 1900 m. The project was undertaken in 2014 and an estimated 11,000 cubic metres of soil weighing approximately 15,000 metric tonnes was excavated. Very soon after the Lyvennet was diverted into its new channel, salmon were seen spawning in the river where they had not been seen spawning before. The site is a demonstrations of river restoration techniques and the many benefits this approach can bring to wildlife and people.
Monitoring surveys and results
- Pre-restoration aerial and ground survey undertaken - to be repeated summer 2015. - Fixed point photographs. - Further geomorphological surveys also on-going.
The River Restoration Centre conducted an evaluation of this and other Cumbria River Restoration Strategy projects during 2015 and the report of their findings is available on the RRC website.
Catchment and subcatchment
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Cost for project phases
Reasons for river restoration
Hydromorphological quality elements
Biological quality elements
Physico-chemical quality elements
Additional documents and videos