Ely Ouse Hydro Acoustic Data 2019

Ely Ouse Hydro Acoustic Data 2019

Please find attached the 2019 Ely Ouse hydro acoustic map for circulation. Click the...

Wensum Past Present and Future Consultation

Wensum Past Present and Future Consultat...

  The document led from an investigation of issues impacting on roach within th...

East Anglia East Area Fisheries News Apr-Sep 2019

East Anglia East Area Fisheries News Apr...

The Agency has issued the following FBG news letter for Essex Norfolk and Suffolk It also...

East  Anglia Water Situation Reports 2019

East Anglia Water Situation Reports 2019

Please see the attached montly Water Situation Reports for East Anglia.  See the att...

WWG meeting 9th April 2019

WWG meeting 9th April 2019

Minutes from the meeting which took place at Great Witchingham Village Hall on the 9th Ap...

Fisheries Resilience Scheme 2019

Fisheries Resilience Scheme 2019

  Open letter to the Nene Welland and Witham consultative on grants to fisheries this...

Calls fors a consolidated approach on the Wensum

Calls fors a consolidated approach on th...

  Kelvin Allen Chair of the Wensum Working Group has met with key stakeholders and p...

River Nene Survey Report 2018

River Nene Survey Report 2018

Please find attached the 2018 Survey report for the River Nene, produced by Jake Ree...

WWG-News

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Monday, 10 June 2019 14:12

Wensum Past Present and Future Consultation

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The document led from an investigation of issues impacting on roach within the Wensum, but as members Tim Ellis and Cass Singleton soon found. The surrounding catchment is having a real impact on the river, much of which was heavily reported and investigated back in 2009/10, but even with 1000's of pages of documented evidence little or no progress has been made on these core issues. Indeed some are now saying that with reduced highways maintenance, reduction in agriculture subsidies and many farmers converting to maize production, things have actually got worse.

With invertebrates reported by both S&TA and Buglife as at an all time low on the Wensum and seemingly poor levels of fish, any restoration works exposing clean gravels and back channels creating improved habitat, soon gets choked with silt and pollution and its back to square one, without fixing the core source of the issue.   

The doument gives a potted history of the Wensum and the issues it faces today, with a set of recommendations on how to moce this forward using a more consolidated approach, building on the Catchment Based Approach that has brought success to many river valleys across England.

The presentaion is available in the downloadable attachment below.

 

 

Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:34

Calls fors a consolidated approach on the Wensum

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Kelvin Allen Chair of the Wensum Working Group has met with key stakeholders and presented a case of a consolidated approach in dealing with defused pollution and restoration from the current state of affairs.

The presentation led from an investigation of issues impacting on roach within the Wensum, but as members Tim Ellis and Cass Singleton soon found. The surrounding catchment is having a real impact on the river, much of which was heavily reported and investigated back in 2009/10, but even with 1000's of pages of documented evidence little or no progress has been made on these core issues. Indeed some are now saying that with reduced highways maintenance, reduction in agriculture subsidies and many farmers converting to maize production, things have actually got worse.

With invertebrates reported by both S&TA and Buglife as at an all time low on the Wensum and seemingly poor levels of fish, any restoration works exposing clean gravels and back channels creating improved habitat, soon gets choked with silt and pollution and its back to square one, without fixing the core source of the issue.   

There has been some positive feedback following the presentation and a number of groups now want to discuss a more consolidated approach, building on the Catchment Based Approach that has brought success to many river valleys across England.

Time will only tell, if this is the start of a journey of improvement.

The presentaion is available in the downloadable attachment below.

 

 

Saturday, 23 February 2019 12:10

Previous Wensum Fishery Study Papers 2007-2013

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See the attached previous histroic papers on the river Wensum fishery commissioned by the EA

 

 

Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:48

Wensum Rural Sediment Tracing Report 2010

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The Environment Agency enlisted APEM to undertake a detailed study of sediment tracing acorss the Wensum in 2010.

To read the full technical research paper click here.

How this gets resolved is another issue!

 

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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!

 

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:51

River Wensum - the battle continues

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The group continues with its objection to the planned recycling plant in Lenwade, which the applicate has now applied for a 2nd time.

We have not only got a letter of objection from Mark Lloyd this time round, but are lobbying hard with Natural England on why they have no objections to this plant adjacent to a SSSI and SAC which Natural England are paid to protect.

See http://eplanning.norfolk.gov.uk/PlanAppDisp.aspx?AppNo=C%2f5%2f2017%2f5007 Both Mark's letter and my own from WWG are available to view from this link.

If any body wants to offer their support to this objection, please email your comments to mawp@norfolk.gov.uk

Regards

Kelvin

 

 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:35

Wensum Previous Study Reports

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The attached reports date back to 2009-2012 when the Environment Agency asked for some extensive studies into fish recruitment, habitats and behaviours.

Much of this still stands today.

 

 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 10:36

Wensum Survey 2017

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Click on the link above access a fresh copy of the Wensum Valley Survey below.

 

Many thanks to Terry Lawton for pulling this together on behalf of the Wensum Working Group.

For more information on the group and their aims and objectives take a look at the following WWG pages. http://aterforum.co.uk/index.php/wwg-home

Sunday, 01 January 2017 07:15

WWG Survey 2017

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Many thanks for taking the time to complete the survey.

You can download a fresh copy below:

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Many thanks to Terry Lawton for pulling this together on behalf of the Wensum Working Group.

For more information on the group and their aims and objectives take a look at the following WWG pages. http://aterforum.co.uk/index.php/wwg-home

 

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John's not sitting on the fence here.

Take a look at John Bailey's latest article on the river Wensum.

http://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/john_bailey_a_lot_of_talk_but_where_in_the_action_in_our_norfolk_rivers_1_4869216