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Author Archives: Geoff Roberts

Mitigating the impact of riverside works by the Environment Agency

Mitigating the impact of riverside works by the Environment Agency

Sometimes it is necessary for the Environment Agency to do works along our riverbanks to reduce the risk of future flooding. These can include removing poorly rooted trees (so they do not subsequently wash downriver and block bridges), removing vegetation from flood banks (to enable proper maintenance and to reduce the potential for breaching the floodbank) and so on.

These works have caused problems in the past and, whilst things are improving, we believe that there is room for further improvement in how the EA mitigates for any adverse effect of essential maintenance. The report available via this link illustrates some of the mitigation already being undertaken, and they should be congratulated for this work. However, I have to comment that “Retention of occasional overhanging willow for fish cover” or “Retention of cover for fish” does not in my opinion count as mitigation.

Mitigation is a positive action designed to reduce the effects of some other potentially detrimental action. It is not doing nothing somewhere else.

We share The Wild Trout Trust’s concern that insufficient work is being undertaken to mitigate the local effects of these works, and will be talking with the EA about how to make further improvements in their operations.

Is the Environment Agency fit for purpose?

According to Unearthed, possibly not. According to the Environment Agency, yes. According to me, well read on and see…in particular I want to comment on the Unearthed article which, while having a core of truth is guilty of misrepresentation in places. Staff reductions Let’s start with the gross misrepresentation of “nearly 1,000 EA staff –… Continue Reading

Spawning Season for Trout

If you build it, they will come…. The ‘Field of Dreams’ hypothesis often used by conservationists is certainly bearing fruit on our river. According to members of Bradford City Angling Association (http://www.bradfordcityaa.co.uk/fly-fishing/), who have been doing lots of sterling work to improve habitat in both the river and along the banks of the Aire near… Continue Reading

River Aire inspires poets

In the lead-up to Saltaire Festival, our River Aire has been inspiring poets. The competition, with the theme of ‘The World in Saltaire’, attracted entries from across the country and from poets of all ages. The winning poems have been published in the latest edition of the Saltaire Review and will be on the BBC Big Screen… Continue Reading

Is water company pollution getting worse?

The recent publication of the Environment Agency’s summary of the environmental performance of the 9 English water companies has led to the usual scary headlines about increasing pollution in our rivers. Let’s explore the topic. Those headlines come not least from The Angling Trust who claim that: The Environment Agency has published a report this week has highlighted… Continue Reading

River Aire Cleanup 15 April 2018

Join Wild Society and Leeds and District Amalgamated Society of Anglers as we team up to remove trash from the River Aire. The Aire Rivers Trust is delighted to see the cleanup of the Aire spreading even further afield and to support this new venture. This is a Land and Banks cleanup event: we’re looking… Continue Reading

Higher charges for environmental work?

The Environment Agency recently published a consultation on future charges for many of the topics they regulate. Whilst many of the proposals are uncontentious, some threaten to seriously undermine the good work of Trusts, anglers and may others who do small or medium scale environmental works. In particular, some of the charges for small in-stream… Continue Reading