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Respond to the EA's consultation about hydropower good practice guidelines by 02 March Respond to the EA's consultation about hydropower good practice guidelines by 02 March

Don't miss your chance to have your say: Please respond to the EA's consultation about hydropower good practice guidelines by 02 March

 

 

 

 

 

 


A press release from the ATr:

As you will be aware, the Angling Trust and Fish Legal have been campaigning and taking legal action over the past few years to stop damaging hydropower on our rivers.  We have been jointly working with the Salmon & Trout Association on a group set up by the Environment Agency to review the Good Practice Guidelines for hydropower developers to follow.


The Agency's own experts have confirmed that the current version is not fit for purpose.  At last, after years of delay, there is a consultation about tightening up the standards to protect the water environment from the gold rush by hydropower developers who want to benefit from the generous feed in tariffs from the government. 


This is our opportunity to change the guidelines for the better, which will protect our coarse and game fish stocks for generations to come.  We need your support for this - the more responses they receive, the more likely it is that we will get better protection of our fish. 


Please take a few minutes to respond to the consultation, following the advice set out below, prepared in partnership with the Salmon & Trout Association.


The consultation can be found HERE


Please select "Consultation on river flow and water abstraction standards for hydropower" from the list of consultations and then follow the instructions about how to respond.


There are four questions and our suggested bullet points for incorporation into your response are given below. It is important that you add any relevant comments based on your own knowledge or experience and that you provide details of yourself/your organisation in the box after Question 4, including where possible the numbers of members/anglers you represent and the value of any fishing rights you own.


Q1 WHICH OPTION?

Our recommendation: OPTION 3

Reasons:

• The fisheries representatives on the National Working Group believe this to be the preferred option on the basis of the available evidence of the impact of flows on fish and ecology – none of the others comes close to meeting the required level of fisheries and ecological protection

• Of the four options it provides the greatest protection of river flows and flow variability, including within depleted reaches. It ensures that the river downstream of a hydropower scheme more closely mimics the natural flows required to enable fish migration, natural fish recruitment, good angling and good river ecology.

• It is consistent with the approach taken by the Environment Agency on all other forms of abstraction. Any other option gives hydropower schemes an unacceptably lower level of environmental protection

• This approach starts from a more precautionary position and puts the onus on the developer to provide evidence to deviate from the standards, rather than the Agency


Q2 SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING OR AMENDING OPTIONS

• Option 3 is the only acceptable option but the proposal to allow a 30% increase in the amount abstracted from the present Guidelines (up from Q Mean (average flow) to 1.3X Q Mean) is unacceptable.

• On many rivers, especially those with many weirs, weirpools are exceptionally valuable habitats. The statement ‘if a weirpool is of high importance...a more protective allocation or flow distribution would be required’ will tend to be ignored and the default of 1.3X Q Mean applied in every case. The standards outlined for Option 3, but with a maximum abstraction of Q Mean should be the default and any deviation only licensed if supported by evidence that no damage to fisheries, fishing or the ecological status will occur.


Q3  ENGLAND, WALES OR BOTH

• Tick appropriate box


Q4  PUBLICATION OF REVISED STANDARDS 12 WEEKS BEFORE THEY  COME INTO EFFECT

• The Agency has already spent two years on this revision and the hydropower industry is well aware of the probability of changes. At the least they should have immediate effect as did the Supplementary Advice issued in December 2012 on Screening, Fish Passage, Weirs and Competing Schemes. However, in view of the long delay, our preference is that no more licence applications should be determined until publication of the revised Good Practice Guidelines.


Many thanks for your help - it really will make a difference!

 







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Comments (13 posted):

bigfish74 on 22/02/2013 16:48:02
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we have 2 that i know of up here one is on the river irwell at bury now the water used to flow really well over the wier but now its little more than a trickle not good for oxeygenation in my opinion and the other is on the goyt at marple were there is a lot more flow damn that archemedes and his bloody screw lol i have seen pictures of fish cut up just like the perch and if a trout even thinks of trying to past it well its curtains for that fish all in all i can understand why they are using these but wildlife and fish protection has been nypassed here andy
mike box on 25/02/2013 15:27:23
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Isn't that picture of sliced perch from Netherlands? Shouldn't we be using photographic evidence of fish mutilated by English Hydro on an English consultation???? Think it makes our argument pretty weak if we're relying on WMD evidence.
the blanker on 25/02/2013 15:41:32
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It doesn't really matter if its a photograph of an English fish or not, these things will be the death of some stretches of river as far as habitat goes and not just for fish.
barbelboi on 25/02/2013 15:43:25
mike box on 25/02/2013 16:01:58
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It doesn't really matter if its a photograph of an English fish or not, these things will be the death of some stretches of river as far as habitat goes and not just for fish. You are Colin Powell and I'd like my £5 please. It matters because it's dishonest. ---------- Post added at 09:01 ---------- Previous post was at 08:57 ---------- Yep, this was a real eye opener. Jerry http://www.fishingmagic.com/forums/fm-news-feature-comments/324209-hydropower-end-river.html saw this a while back - some really upsetting scenes from larger and older european hydro schemes. Maybe it's just me but it seems really weak to use evidence from other countries with different customs, rules and regulations.
the blanker on 25/02/2013 18:58:04
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Who the fecks Colin Powell? are you an angler? are you a canoeist? do you think they wont damage fish, the EA does that's why they have set limits on the amount of fish they can kill although who will be there to count I don't know do you?
barbelboi on 25/02/2013 19:43:03
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You are Colin Powell and I'd like my £5 please. It matters because it's dishonest. ---------- Post added at 09:01 ---------- Previous post was at 08:57 ---------- saw this a while back - some really upsetting scenes from larger and older european hydro schemes. Maybe it's just me but it seems really weak to use evidence from other countries with different customs, rules and regulations. OK, what have you got to say - what are your suggestions?, as per the post heading - 'Hydropower - Make sure your voice is heard' Jerry
binka on 25/02/2013 20:56:15
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Who the fecks Colin Powell? Buggered if I know! Although I wonder if... Colin Powell on Energy & Oil
the blanker on 25/02/2013 22:22:14
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I have a feeling that Mike Box is not an angler, I don't know what his agenda may be but he has gone very quiet and possibly a shade of green.
john m h on 25/02/2013 22:54:20
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I have a feeling that Mike Box is not an angler, I don't know what his agenda may be but he has gone very quiet and possibly a shade of green. Well Bennyg likes Mike Box :rolleyes: bennygesserit likes this.
bennygesserit on 25/02/2013 23:02:40
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Ha ha he isnt me John , I agree about the photo , not about the worth of hydro based on FIT as my last post on the subject made clear. Its important if you are fighting a cause that there are no weaknesses in your argument.
mark brailsford 2 on 26/02/2013 07:04:01
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Who the fecks Colin Powell? Was he not the guy who was in the 39 steps and casualty?
barbelboi on 26/02/2013 08:01:49
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Was he not the guy who was in the 39 steps and casualty? Na, that's the guy that was in the 'detectives' with Carrot. Jerry


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