Posted: Friday 21st September 2018
A project in Hertford is exploring ways to improve habitats on the rivers Beane and Lee, and wants to know your opinion on the ideas proposed.
The project is being led by the Countryside Management Service in partnership with the Environment Agency and East Herts Council. Its focus is on seven weirs through the town. Weirs are a major obstacle to the movement of fish and eels along rivers, preventing their free movement to breeding and feeding areas.
The main aim of the project is to help fish to move freely through each weir. Ideas under consideration include a new bypass channel on the River Beane at Millmead open space and two specially designed fish passes at the Hertford Basin weir, which links the Lee with the Lee Navigation near Hartham Common.
Wider improvements to wildlife habitat along the river channels will also be planned. At Hertford Castle, this could include establishing attractive native plants in the margins of the River Lee, to help restore the channel to its natural width.
Members of the project team will be holding an engagement event at the River Room in Hertford Theatre on Tuesday 30 October. Come along any time between 3pm and 7pm to find out more and comment on the plans. More information on the options will be uploaded to this page after the event, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.