July 19, 2008

Fish Passes to Be Built in Pounds 600,000 Sewers Project

TWO sewers damaged by the River Don during last year's floods are to be repaired and a fish pass installed to allow salmon and trout to swim upstream unrestricted.

The weir at Clay Wheels in north Sheffield collapsed along with a section of bank on the Don and the water then swept away sewers that ran beneath.

Since then, temporary measures have been in place to prevent the river becoming polluted but the damage has now been repaired and the sewers are to be rebuilt at a cost of Pounds 600,000.

A fish pass will also be installed for species that naturally swim upstream. Yorkshire Water is contributing Pounds 75,000 towards that project, with the Environment Agency, Sheffield Council and English Heritage also contributing.

Yorkshire Water spokesman Peter Ward said: "The fish pass reflects the kind of approach required to protect Sheffield from future floods as it's the result of a true partnership.

"The Environment Agency, Sheffield City Council and English Heritage are all involved, helping to ensure the River Don's ecology recovers."

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