This project is being funded and delivered by Southern Water. To secure enough drinking water for the Isle of Wight, Southern Water need to abstract from Bowcombe on Plaish Meadows SINC and Carisbrooke on the Lukely Brook. In order to mitigate the impact of this abstraction they have been working with the Environment Agency and Newport Rivers Group to look at ways to enhance the meadows and river.
The first part of the project – delivered in 2020-2021 has been on Lukely Brook which is a chalk groundwater fed stream and groundwater abstraction depletes its flows. The project aimed to enhance the river by enabling fish passage over structures that were preventing connectivity in Carisbrooke Mill Pond, Carisbrooke Waterworks Pond, a weir in the back garden along Carisbrooke High Street and at Wellington Road.
The next phase of the project is to identify and further enhancements that can be made to Plaish Meadows and Lukely Brook. Southern Water and Newport Rivers Group are investigating a number of ideas.
Additionally, Southern Water and the Environment Agency have reviewed the abstraction licence and some changes will be made to include a daily and yearly reduction in the permitted volume of abstraction and tighter limits during summer.
For more details on this project please contact Carol Flux on 01983 296244 or email email@example.com