July 24, 2008

Repairs to Make River Safer for Wildlife

ENGINEERS are set to move in on a section of the River Don in Sheffield in an effort to repair damage that has left wildlife at risk from pollution.

Two sewers which were damaged during last summer's floods will be repaired and a new "fish pass" installed to encourage the migration of salmon and trout.

The sewers were washed away when the river burst its banks in 2007. The work is expected to begin on the site near Clay Wheels Lane in the next few weeks.

A weir and a section of the bank collapsed under the sheer weight of water last June, sweeping away the combined sewers which had run beneath.

Since then a temporary operation has been set up to prevent pollution escaping into the river while repairs were carried out on the bank and adjacent road.

Now the first phase of the project is complete, contractors Watermark can begin on a Pounds 600,000 repair of the sewers themselves and the river will be dammed in two halves to allow the crews to work on the river-bed in safety without blocking the flow of water.

Yorkshire Water has also agreed to contribute Pounds 75,000 towards the cost of the permanent fish pass which will be complemented by funds from the Environment Agency, Sheffield City Council and English Heritage.

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

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