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Monthly Archive for March, 2010

Is it safe to sail?

A number of people have been asking whether it is still safe to sail or windsurf on Chasewater.  This is what our health and safety team has advised: We would not recommend using Chasewater for watersports. This is because – the lowered water levels, and the opening of the valve, will have changed the currents […]

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Update on fish rescue

We’ve now carried out the fish rescues in the most vulnerable pools. We don’t plan to carry out any more immediate rescues in deeper pools, and those fed by streams. Instead, these will be left until the main rescue takes place.   We recently closed the valves to prevent silty water from entering the canal […]

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The  engineering team may shortly close off the valves that are draining Chasewater Reservoir. Here’s why: We expect some rainfall over the next few days, which may disturb the silt on the exposed reservoir bed, causing it to run into the main part of the lake. Closing the valves will give the water time to settle, and will mean we won’t […]

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The fish rescue from the main pool is on target to take place sometime next week (dates tbc, but it is dependent on water levels). A team from British Waterways fish rescue contractors has been onsite moving fish from small pools to the main pool over the past few days, during which a number of people have […]

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Other pools …

A number of people commenting on this blog are asking the same questions, which we’ve answered in various posts and pages before, but not all in one place, so I’ve decided to post a post that brings it all together. Here’s a low down on why we can’t rehome the fish into nearby waterways/those owned […]

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‘Shipwreck’ found!

The hull of an old rowing boat has been revealed on the reservoir bed. It’s a traditional old rowing boat, made with strips of wood held together by metal fastenings. We’re not sure how it sank, or ended up at the bottom of Chasewater Reservoir, which is why we’re asking visitors to the park if they remember seeing any boats of this sort […]

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Results of health check back

The results of the fish health check are back, and are satisfactory.  We may have to take another small sample, so we are confident that the initial findings are accurate. We are continuing to work with our advisors from the Environment Agency, Natural England and British Waterways, and our own independent ecological consultants on the fish health […]

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Fish rescue team on site

The fish rescue team is on site at Chasewater today. Their first task will be to prioritise action for the pools that have formed, as a result of the draining. 15 pools have formed. Some are still quite deep, and will sustain the fish until the main rescue takes place, and some are being fed by […]

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British Waterways & the fish

The team at British Waterways has asked us to post this blog on their behalf: “British Waterways has agreed to cover the cost of the netting and, given our very limited resources, we would like clearly to see a return that covers this level of investment. However to suggest that this is a commercial exercise […]

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The mystery of the French rocket

Last week an inert (or  dummy)  French (a 68mm SNEB)  rocket was found on the exposed bed of Chasewater Reservoir.  For more technical details take a look at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNEB) .  SNEB rockets, such as the one found, would have been fired from a pod on an aircraft (such as a Hawk Hunter) and used in air-to-ground combat.    Our team reported the find  to the police […]

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