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Friday 6 August

Today's news from the web

  • Middle Level goes on drought alert visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    The Environment Agency has declared a ‘potential drought' status in the Middle Level water management area....

  • New residence to help city ducks make a splash menmedia.co.uk

    A new duck house, complete with a brightly-coloured ramp has been built on the waterside of the Rochdale Canal near Whitworth Street West, in Manchester. ...

  • Volunteers wanted to tackle weed in Ripley waterscape.com

    British Waterways is looking for teams of volunteers to help tackle weed at a Ripley reservoir. Growth of algae and Canadian Pondweed at Butterley Reservoir has been particularly vigorous this year and bulk removal of it now should help reduce similar problems, or even harmful algal blooms, in the future....


Thursday 5 August

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  • Work under way on Oxford Canal towpath bbc.co.uk

    Improvement work costing £115,000 is beginning on the Oxford Canal towpath in Jericho. ...

  • 'Water-way' to restore Ashby Canal inloughborough.com

    Engineers to rewater a short section of the Ashby Canal...

  • British Waterways workboats to be auctioned online waterscape.com

    British Waterways is auctioning off over 40 redundant workboats in an online sale. The auction, which closes on 29 September 2010, includes workboats, hoppers, a selection of British Waterways' historic craft, boat engines and more. ...

  • British Waterways declares axis of weevil in biological warfare waterscape.com

    British Waterways has enlisted the help of 2mm-long weevils in its battle against a particularly problematic North American water weed. The creatures are to be released into the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal at Maunsel Lock in Somerset in order to eat the invader weed - water fern (Azolla filiculoides). ...

  • City Mill Lock reopened newhamrecorder.co.uk

    Canal boats can cruise a little closer to the Olympic Park after a lock was reopened in a £400,000 project. A flotilla from Three Mills Mooring Association and St Pancras Cruising Club were the first public boats for 40 years to pass through the lock on Waterworks River in Stratford on Saturday. ...

  • BW and EA announce new Gold Leisure Business Licence waterscape.com

    British Waterways and the Environment Agency are making available, with immediate effect, a new Gold Leisure Business Licence for boats visiting both BW and EA waters. The new licence will reduce administration and cost for the businesses concerned. ...

  • River Thames authority angry at columnist's swimming stunt docklands24.co.uk

    Thames authorities are fuming after a stunt by a newspaper columnist to swim across the river. Times writer Matthew Paris said he tried to swim in his vest and trunks from Rotherhithe across the river to Narrow Street, Limehouse. But he admitted he miscalculated the tides and was swept three-quarters of a mile up-river from his target....


Wednesday 4 August

Today's news from the web

  • Rochdale Canal to stay open waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    There is some good news for boaters as BW announces that the Rochdale Canal will remain open. This news comes 2 days after the closure of 60 miles of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. BW has been working with its main water supplier to secure additional resources for the Rochdale Canal. There had been worries that the Rochdale Canal might be next to run out of water. Passage across the Summit has been restricted and BW had not been taking bookings beyond mid-August. However, BW is now confident enough that water supplies can be maintained that bookings are now being taken for passages across the Summit up to the end of August. Phone BW on 01782 785703 if you wish to make a booking. BW will contact boaters who have made provisional bookings to see if these are still required. ...

  • London trade shows limited recovery server2.pla.co.uk

    The Port of London Authority (PLA) says that trade through the Port of London rose by 1.3% or 293,000 to 23.3 million tonnes in the first half of 2010. ...

  • Cleanup on the tideway visitthames.co.uk

    This August, Thames21 will once again challenge Londoners to step outside, don some wellies and help improve the environment! ...


Sunday 25 July

Today's news from the web

  • Canal scoops Green Flag thisisthewestcountry.co.uk

    Rangers at the Grand Western Canal are celebrating receiving the Green Flag Award for the second year running. The popular canal, which is managed by Devon County Council as a Country Park and Local Nature Reserve, entered the award for the first time last year, and was successful at the first time of asking. ...


Friday 23 July

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Thursday 22 July

Today's news from the web

  • Inland Waterways Advisory Council abolished waterscape.com

    Environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, has announced reforms to more than 30 of Defra’s arm’s length bodies. As a result, the Inland Waterways Advisory Council (IWAC) is to be abolished. ...

  • Couple to set up rowing boat business on River Slea sleafordstandard.co.uk

    A HUSBAND and wife are seeking to set up in business hiring out rowing boats on the River Slea. The couple, who live on a narrowboat at Chapel Hill, hit upon the idea when they attended the unveiling of the new slipway and lifting bridge at Sleaford. ...

  • Connect2 projects improve Rochdale Canal towpath waterscape.com

    A celebratory bike ride between Smithybridge and the Summit of the Rochdale Canal is being held at 6pm on Wednesday 28 July to mark the completion of a first phase of towpath resurfacing work. Through the multi-million pound Connect2 and Connect 2 plus projects, the towpath from Sladen via Littleborough and Smithybridge to Clegg Hall has been upgraded. There is now a continuous stretch of all-weather towpath from Sladen to Castleton, giving year round access to the Rochdale Canal for many more people for leisure, visiting and commuting....

  • Preservation group launched for the Glamorganshire Canal news.bbc.co.uk

    A campaign to redevelop a stretch of the Glamorganshire canal at Pontypridd has been launched. Only two lengths of the canal remain in water - half a kilometre at Pontypridd and another length at Forest Farm. ...

  • Environment Agency fights weed on the Great Ouse visitanglianwaterways.co.uk

    The fight back to keep navigation open and homes protected from flooding is being led by the Agency's weed harvester, being used for the first time this year on the river Great Ouse. The harvester cuts weed more deeply than a standard weed cutting boat and needs only two men to carry out the work previously requiring five....


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