Press release: Work starts on fish pass at iconic Grade II Crumpwood weir

first_imgToday, building work is starting on a £570,000 project to build a fish pass at the Grade II listed Crumpwood weir.The unique fish pass which is being built underneath the nearby disused 19th century pump house, will improve fish passage along the River Churnet. This is the first step in plans that will hopefully see the pump house restored and part of the former Cauldron and Uttoxeter canal reinstated.The fish pass, delivered in partnership with South Staffs Water, JCB and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, will see 7 kilometers of river opened up to all fish found in the rivers, such as Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Grayling and Chub to name a few. Helping fish migrate up and down the river means they can find the best habitat to feed, shelter, spawn and grow.We’re very grateful to JCB who have loaned the heavy plant equipment for this project, and for the support of South Staffs Water who own the historic pump house. Without their support and contributions this project would not have been achievable.Crumpwood weir, originally built between 1807 and 1811, was part of the Froghall to Uttoxeter Canal and later used for public water supply. Today it forms an important historic feature in the Churnet Valley’s landscape. But, while it is very pretty to look at, the 2.7 metre difference in the height of the water means it is an impossible barrier for fish and wildlife to pass.Chris Grzesiok, fisheries, biodiversity and geomorphology expert from the Environment Agency said; We’re excited to be part of this project and to contribute over £330,000 to this project to help fish move freely up and down the river Churnet. This is one step towards delivering the 25 year environment plan’s vision of catchments functioning more naturally where wildlife can thrive and migrate freely. Ken MacDonald, Head of Water Strategy, at South Staffs Water said: We are always looking for opportunities to work with local community groups and the Environment Agency to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the natural environment. We aim to provide a reliable supply of high quality drinking water for future generations at the same time as allowing wildlife to flourish. This new fish pass at Crumpwood is a practical example of how we can achieve this by working in collaboration with other organisations. This project is being part funded by the Marine Management Organisation, who are contributing £240,000.Funding from the Marine Management Organisation is part of a coordinated and funded programme of projects for 2018/19 with the aim of freeing migration routes of barriers to fish. This project is part of that programme funded by over £1.6 million of European Maritime and Fisheries Funds, which is matched by more than £1 million of Agency/Defra funding and £300,000 of other funds. We are delighted to assist the Environment Agency by providing JCB equipment for this project and we look forward to its completion. JCB Demonstration and Test Site General Manager Dave Pegg said:last_img read more

Central Islip Shooting Wounds 2 Men

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 24-year-old men were shot and wounded in their hometown of Central Islip on Wednesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to 911 calls of shots fired on Peach Street, where they found Keith Vann shot in the leg and abdomen and James Anderson shot in the lower leg shortly before 1 p.m.They were taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.Witnesses told investigators that they saw a black man driving a gold or tan SUV was seen fleeing the scene shortly after the shooting.Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 631-854-8352 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Clinical Delhi Capitals ensure Royal Challengers Bangalore remain winless

first_imgBengaluru: Shreyas Iyer led from the front with a brilliant half-century as Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by four wickets in a lopsided Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Sunday. RCB have now lost all their six matches in this year’s IPL, as they remained at the foot of the points table, while Delhi bounced back after losing their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chasing a modest 150 for victory, Delhi always had the measure of the game and eventually won with seven balls to spare.Iyer (67; 50b, 4×8, 6×2) made the most of a reprieve — he was dropped on four by Parthiv Patel in the first over off Tim Southee — to bring up his 11th fifty in the IPL as he joined hands with Prithvi Shaw for a 68-run second wicket partnership. The 24-year old paced his innings expertly, but got out in the end while trying to pull Navdeep Saini only to get caught at short cover by Yuzvendra Chahal in the 18th over. There was a little flutter when Chris Morris (0) was dismissed in the same over and then Rishabh Pant (18) too departed in the next. But Axar Patel hit a four off Mohammed Siraj to close the game. Off-colour Shikhar Dhawan was out for a golden duck, getting caught at point off Pawan Negi. But that was the only time RCB could make merry as Delhi never let the game slip once Iyer and Shaw got going.In the third over, Shaw displayed strokeplay of the highest order, striking Southee for four consecutive boundaries with the fifth one going down the fine leg region for four leg byes. Southee got his line all wrong as Shaw first chipped hjim through deep midwicket before pulling a length ball off his hips. The U-19 World Cup winning captain, who is rated very highly, underlined his rich potential with a delicate cut off the third ball and then repeated the stroke, much to the dismay of a hapless Virat Kohli. Delhi raced to 53/1 in six overs, but Shaw could not continue his good show as he top-edged Negi to Akshdeep Nag at deep square leg. Colin Ingram (22) and Iyer then added 39 runs for the third wicket, which took the game completely out of RCB’s control.Earlier, Kagiso Rabada scalped four wickets to restrict RCB to 149/8. The South Africa pacer (4/21) bowled a brilliant 18th over to snare three wickets, including that of Kohli’s, to stem RCB’s run flow. In the final over, he gave away just seven runs. Kohli top-scored with a patient 41 off 33 balls (4×1, 6×2), but the other batsmen let him down. The RCB skipper was also kept out of the strike for most part of his innings. Delhi were in complete control throughout the RCB innings, barring the short span of time when when Moeen Ali clobbered a 18-ball 32 (4×1, 6×3).RCB were off to a stuttering start, losing opener Parthiv Patel (9) early as the in-form stumper-batsman slashed a wide Sandeep Lamichhane (1/46) delivery straight to Chris Morris at third man. AB de Villiers (17) failed to continue the fireworks from the last game and holed out to Colin Ingram at long on off Rabada. Marcus Stoinis (15) hit a six and looked good during his short stay at the crease, but was dismissed when he pulled Axar Patel (1/22) from outside the off-stump only to be caught by Rahul Tewatia at long on. Ali and Kohli then joined hands for a 37-run fourth wicket stand. But once the two got out, the hosts’ charge ended.Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 149/8 (Virat Kohli 41; Kagiso Rabada 4/21) lost to Delhi Capitals: 152/6 in 18.5 overs (Shreyas Iyer 67, Navdeep Saini 2/24) by 4 wickets. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more