Drainage board’s work for wildlife and homes

Northern Works Committee

Northern Works Committee

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Homes for kingfishers and pumping station works were on the agenda at an inpection tour of a vital drainage board works.

The Northern Works Committee recently toured the Swineshead-based Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board, one of many that keeps this area free of flooding issues.

At its Chain Bridge Pumping Station work has been underway to clear a nest site for kingfishers.

The committee also discussed engineering works at Swineshead Pumping Staton – where work is underway to improve the water flow from Skerth Drain through three pumps that can move 6.6 tonnes of water a second.

From July 2012 to January the board pumped more than 12 billion gallons of water – the equivalent of 19,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The board is looking at ways to store some of that to use in times of drought.

Other works viewed and discussed included improvements to deteriorating culverts, bank maintenance – including rebuilding ones affected by slippage during recent wet weather, and the potential impact from the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm substation development at Bicker Fen.