Case study:SMURF Tame

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Location: 52° 30' 53", -1° 53' 28"
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Project overview

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Status Complete
Project web site
Themes Environmental flows and water resources, Habitat and biodiversity, Social benefits, Urban
Country England
Main contact forename Mark
Main contact surname Scott
Main contact user ID
Contact organisation Environment Agency
Contact organisation web site http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
Partner organisations Birmingham City Council, United Kingdom, H R Wallingford, United Kingdom, Severn Trent Water, United Kingdom, Staatliches Umweltamt Herten, Germany
This is a parent project
encompassing the following
projects
River Tame at Salford Park ("SMURF"), River Tame in Perry Hall playing fields ("SMURF")
River Tame in Perry Hall playing fields, after scheme.

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Sustainable Management of Urban Rivers and Floodplains (SMURF) project shows that small-scale changes can make a significant improvement to urban rivers and floodplains. Two small river improvement schemes were undertaken on the river Tame. One in Perry Hall playing fields and one at Salford Park. The first one contains widening a section of river channel, reshaping of river-banks and creation of a low-level riverside terrace. The second site contains only the planting of marginal and riverside vegetation.

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Catchment and subcatchment

Catchment

River basin district Humber
River basin Tame Anker and Mease

Subcatchment

River name River Tame from Conf of the two arms to R Blythe
Area category 100 - 1000 km²
Area (km2)
Maximum altitude category 100 - 200 m
Maximum altitude (m) 175
175 m
0.175 km
17,500 cm
Dominant geology Calcareous
Ecoregion Great Britain
Dominant land cover Suburban
Waterbody ID GB104028046840



Other case studies in this subcatchment: River Tame at Salford Park ("SMURF"), River Tame in Perry Hall playing fields ("SMURF"), Short Heath Brook Project


Site

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WFD water body codes GB104028046840
WFD (national) typology
WFD water body name River Tame from Conf of the two arms to R Blythe
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Heavily modified water body No
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Protected species present No
Invasive species present No
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Project background

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Project started 2002/08/01
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Project completed 2005/07/31
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Funding sources EU LIFE Programme

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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure
Hydromorphology Channel pattern/planform
Biology
Physico-chemical
Other reasons for the project Landscape enhancement, Improving a local park


Measures

Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications Bank improvement, Channel reprofiling, Tree planting
Floodplain / River corridor
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Management interventions
Social measures (incl. engagement) Improved public access
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http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.createPage&s ref=LIFE02%20ENV/UK/000144&area=2&yr=2002&n proj id=2082&cfid=423407&cftoken=1adf75e7742a0a31-858CC2AB-CCBA-042D-07FCA090D1A64E01&mode=print&menu=false Smurf on Environment Life Programme
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.showFile&rep=file&fil=LIFE02 ENV UK 000144 LAYMAN.pdf Smurf report

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