Minutes from the meeting which took place at Taverham Mills Fishery 23rd July 2018
The minutes are available download below.
BASG has agreed to hold all of its sub group committee meetings before the end of July.
I have set up a doodle poll for the first Wensum Working Group under the governance of BASG here.
These initial meetings have a common set of agenda items on governance, plus some focus on developing Wensum projects.
BASG Standard Sub Committee Agenda July 2018
All committees have the right to explore anything, indeed we need to encourage thoughts and ideas. However all items which require cash spend, will require formal approval from the management board and appropriate funding source agreed.
Wensum Working Group
BASG Director Kelvin Allen
BASG Members Tim Ellis, Colin Howlett & Nick Cheeseman
Appointment of Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary
All meetings need to be recorded and documented actions agreed with timescales and owners.
We have started to capture and assign roles and duties across our volunteers, Allan Kirby will take on the role as Volunteer/Membership Manager. We would like each Sub Committee to lead on the appointment of people into specific roles within their committee boundaries.
So we will have leads for example on Health and Safety, Boat Safety, Climate Change, Tagging, Salinity Monitoring, Slipways etc etc.
Agency position of supporting Avon style Roach Project
Deployment of two Sondes to record various elements
Silt Trap potential
Norwich City Corridor Angling Strategy
Lenwade RDF Application Update
Wensum Flow and linkage to Yare Salinity
Please see the following press release from the Agency following the nasty polution incident on the upper Ouse near Brackley.
From: Area Manager Correspondence, East Anglia [mailto:AreaManagerCorrespondence.EastAnglia@environment-agency.gov.uk]
Sent: 05 July 2018 10:01
Cc: Jerrom, Kye <email@example.com>
Subject: River Great Ouse Pollution Incident
We wanted to provide an update on our response to the pollution incident on the River Great Ouse between Brackley and Milton Keynes.
What we are doing
10 Environment and Fisheries Officers have been out everyday recording evidence and collecting water samples to understand the environmental impact since Friday 29 June. Our incident room opened on Friday to oversee this activity which will continue for the foreseeable future.
Fisheries Officers were looking for evidence of fish mortality, impact on fish stocks and other evidence of environmental impact this will inform any appropriate mitigation and enforcement action.
Our current observations suggest that the impact on the environment has reduced and is having less impact further downstream. We believe that the pollutant has passed through Stony Stratford and into Milton Keynes with no immediate adverse impacts on aquatic life passed Thornton, Buckinghamshire.
It would appear that the pollutant has had a significant impact on aquatic life but we currently don’t believe there is a risk to humans or other animals (pets and livestock), however as a precaution we recommend that people stay out of the River Ouse and keep pets and livestock away from the river between Brackley and Milton Keynes until we have completed our investigation. We would also advise anglers not to fish in sections of the river if there appears to be pollution eg dead fish or turbid water.
Please continue to report anything unusual on the river downstream of Thornton where we have last recorded impacts. If you become aware of odours, foaming or dead fish please call our Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 – providing location details.
It is too early to tell exactly what damage has been caused but we know many fish have died and there has been an impact on invertebrates as well. We appreciate that people would like us to be able to give concrete time scales regarding the recovery of the river, but in reality it is simply not possible to say exactly how and when the river will recover. A river is a complex ecosystem made up of numerous species of plants, invertebrates and larger species. Different species recover at different rates. Some are likely to return relatively quickly whilst it may take years for other species to be back to recent levels.
We will continue to work after the incident to consider how we might support the river to recover from this pollution event and will be keen to work with anglers, landowners and other interested parties at that time.
If you have any questions please can you direct them to our National Customer Contact Centre via firstname.lastname@example.org or 03708 506 506 which will ensure your questions are tracked and responded to in a timely manner.
Follow us on Twitter @OusefishEA to stay up to date with Fisheries activity
Finally, we are happy for you to share the information included in this update with others.
Dr Charles Beardall
East Anglia Area Manager
Here are the minutes and reports from the NWW consultative forum which took place on the 9th June 2018 at Nene House Kettering.
Minutes from the meeting which took place at Taverham Mills Fishery 10th April 2018
The minutes are available download below.
Your Fishery Outcomes and Final Report Ursula / Tom
Your Fishery Finances Rory / Ursula
Lessons learnt Kelvin
Governance proposal for the way forward Kelvin
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Kelvin
Statutory Position Update from EA Jez
Abstraction and Flow update Rory / Kelvin
Lenwade RDF Update (If time allows) Kelvin
Tackling the Cormorant Issue (If time allows) All
Here are the minutes and reports from the NWW consultative forum which took place on the 7th April 2018 at Nene House Kettering.
Following further studies from the Environment Sciences team at UEA led by Richard Cooper, their studies have concluded through the analysis of water and riverbed sediment samples across the river Wensum catchment, their research demonstrates that STW;s significantly impact upon the phosphorus dynmics of this lowland calcareous river system.
To read the full technical research paper click here.
How this gets resolved is another issue!