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Thursday 18 August

Blue-green algae found on Worcester & Birmingham canal

Blue green algae (BGA) has been reported during the summer in the Worcester & Birmingham canal at Alvechurch, and at the nearby Bittell reservoir, one of the canal's main reservoirs. Some blue-green algae are capable of producing toxins, but blue-green algal blooms and scums are not always toxic and it is not possible to tell from its appearance whether a bloom or scum is harmful.

Andrew Denny  | 2.57pm


Today's news from the web

  • Boaters wanted to help charity canoeists through tunnels waterscape.com

    Two canoeists preparing to set out on a five-day charity journey from London to Stoke by canal need the help of the boating community to get past the biggest obstacles on their route – Blisworth and Braunston Tunnels. Andy Armstrong and Gaz Bailey, who both work for Network Rail in Stoke, are planning to paddle from the company’s headquarters in Paddington, London, back to their own office, between 25 and 30 August, to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. They will be travelling on the Grand Union Canal, the Oxford Canal, the Coventry Canal, and the Trent & Mersey Canal....

  • Birmingham-to-Worcester canal walk in memory of dad worcesternews.co.uk

    A family walked the length of the Worcester and Birmingham canal in memory of a much loved father and grandfather to raise vital funds for charity. Jackie and Martin Bird, and their daughter Abigail, from Rainbow Hill, Worcester, trekked more than 30 miles in a bid to generate cash for and raise awareness of the work of the local branch of Parkinsons UK....

  • One hundred swimmers gear up for Henley-Marlow swim visitthames.co.uk

    At 08.00 on Sunday 21 August approximately 100 swimmers will leave Leander Club near Henley Bridge and swim downstream via Hambleden, Hurley and Temple Locks to Marlow Bridge. Their route will be predominantly along the Berkshire bank except when portaging the locks. The swimmers will have Hi-Viz caps and be escorted by canoe guards. All river users are asked to keep a good look out for the swimmers, navigate with particular caution when in their vicinity and give them a wide berth....

  • 18th British Rowing Tour Lancaster Canal britishrowing.org

    Registrations are filling up fast for the 18th British Rowing Tour on Lancaster Canal, 1– 4 September 2011. Entries have already reached two thirds capacity and event organisers are encouraging interested participants to sign up quickly to secure a place....

  • The Wherryman's Way - Future Radio 107.8FM futureradio.co.uk

    From Monday 5th - Friday 9th September, 12 noon-12:30pm, a five-part series called 'The Wherryman's Way' can be heard on Norwich community radio station Future Radio 107.8fm. This series explores the 35-mile long Wherryman’s Way walk from Norwich to Great Yarmouth, which passes through Whitlingham, Surlingham, Rockland, Loddon, Reedham and Berney Arms – a walk which combines history & scenery. A walk which is both varied, and remarkable. The series will focus on the sights and sounds of the The Wherryman’s Way, and also look into the characters, and history that make the walk so interesting. Dozens of individuals kindly gave up some time to contribute to the radio programme, most of whom can be heard in the programmes....

  • Union angered by director bonuses at British Waterways civilsociety.co.uk

    The Unite trade union said its members were “appalled” to hear of the bonuses, when they had received pay awards of between £100 and £200 instead of a rise in 2011. The union said British Waterways’ chief executive Robin Evans will receive a £15,000 bonus on top of his £220,000 annual salary, while other directors will receive payments of £12,500. Julia Long, a national officer at Unite, said the pay awards show “nothing but contempt for the workforce”. ...

  • Historic Manchester Ship Canal reborn as low-carbon cargo route edition.cnn.com

    As [the Manchester Ship Canal] undergoes a renaissance, shipping huge quantities of wine and other goods through two of the country's major trading hubs, the network could be poised to reclaim its original role and at the same time help cut pollution levels. The Manchester Ship Canal, which opened to great fanfare in 1894, was originally built as a way for the inland northern city of Manchester to strike back against its commercial rival Liverpool, advantageously located on the coast, 35 miles to the west....


Tuesday 16 August

Police seek information on Stratford Canal body

Warwickshire police are appealing for any information after the body of 28-year old Adam Lobb was found floating in the Stratford Canal near Bishopton on Saturday 6th August. 

They are treating the death as unexplained and want to hear from anyone who was on the canal around that time, between the bottom lock of the Wilmcote flight and Bridge 62A, which carries Bishopton Lane over the canal. 

The deceased (pictured below) is thought to have been living for some time on a small blue cruiser, which was in poor condition.  A picture released by BW's licence team appears to show the boat (bottom) the day before the body was found, and clearly shows a black & white Section 8 notice envelope attached. 




Andrew Denny  | 11.26am


Today's news from the web

  • Todmorden unveils public canal side improvements halifaxcourier.co.uk

    Long-awaited improvements will finally be unveiled on the Rochdale Canal this weekend. Work has been taking place to improve the look and accessibility of the canal from Todmorden to Sowerby Bridge. The towpath surface, and its access points, have been improved. New seating areas line the canal, alongside sites for community-edible growing projects. The improvements were part of a joint intiative between Calderdale Council, Todmorden Town Council and Todmorden Pride....

  • After decades hidden away, canal exposed once again in Huddersfield Waterfront project examiner.co.uk

    A major new feature of the £150m Huddersfield Waterfront project is taking shape. And engineers are opening up the Huddersfield Narrow Canal – hidden for decades through the site. The tunnel roof has already been removed and the next phase will be to remove the concrete ribs that held up the roof. The intention is to make the waterway a feature of a new open public area overlooked by the new Kirklees College. The canal, which was restored after a long campaign, ran below the premises of Sellers Engineers, who had occupied the Chapel Hill site for many years. The tunnel continues under Chapel Hill and then below Bates Mill before emerging from below Queen Street South to run past the University of Huddersfield. ...

  • Conservation area to protect Limehouse Cut docklands24.co.uk

    London’s oldest canal has been made part of a conservation area to protect the its waterside industrial past. Limehouse Cut, a canal since 1770, is lined with factories and warehouses that have been recognised for their robust industrial architecture. To protect the buildings and the area’s unique characteristics - including mooring rings, historic ragstone and old tow horse ramps - it has now been made a conservation area by Tower Hamlets Council....

  • BW to auction off Sharpness dock homes bbc.co.uk

    British Waterways' plans to sell 19 cottages at Sharpness in Gloucestershire have left the tenants concerned about the future. The Sharpness homes will be auctioned next month to a private investor after plans failed to offload them to the council or a housing association. Tenants say they are unable to buy their own homes and are concerned that there is no guarantee a responsible landlord will take on the properties. British Waterways insists the existing tenancy agreements will be protected. The intention to sell the properties on Severn Road and Great Western Road was first raised in October 2009....

  • Inglesham Lock restoration begins bbc.co.uk

    Work has begun in a three-week summer camp by the Waterways Recovery Group towards restoration of Inglesham Lock, where the River Thames near Lechlade, meets the Cotswold Canals restoration scheme. More than 60 volunteers began clearing vegetation towards the restoration on Sunday 14th August. Their work, which will last for three weeks, will see them clear vegetation above the lock and start to rebuild the upper wing walls....

  • Fleet sets off on Thames and Severn Canal cruise stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    A fleet of ships has set sail [sic] from Saul Heritage Centre on to commemorate 100 years since the last vessel travelled the entire length of the Thames and Severn Canal. High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Mark Heywood, gave a speech to commemorate the landmark event....

  • Waterways charity opposes proposed Orchard Wharf concrete plant docklands24.co.uk

    Waterways charity Thames 21 is opposing plans for a concrete plant which could be built next to the East India Dock Basin nature reserve. Thames21 says the proposed development of a 17,200 square metre site in Orchard Wharf, Leamouth, will jeopardise the Lea River Park project, which is creating a parkland walkway between the Olympic Park and East India Dock Basin, and degrade the quality of the environment through “noise, dust and exhaust pollution”. Aggregate Industries and London Concrete have jointly applied to build a plant and jetty on the edge of the Thames....

  • Gloucester Waterways Museum seeks duty manager jobs.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Jobs like this don't come around very often. We are looking for someone who wants a genuine hands-on opportunity to help run this jewel of a museum in the beautiful setting of the historic Gloucester Docks....


Monday 15 August

Today's news from the web

  • Rosie and Jim trip for ambulance crew kidderminstershuttle.co.uk

    A quick-thinking Kidderminster ambulance crew and their patient took a more sedate journey when they commandeered a barge on the Droitwich canal in rural Herefordshire. Mike Horton and Grant Salsby had to ask for a lift back to their ambulance from a couple passing by in their narrow boat, after treating the patient - a man in his 70s who had collapsed....


Friday 12 August

Today's news from the web

  • Man missing as tug boat capsizes in Thames at Deptford bbc.co.uk

    One man is missing after a tug boat overturned on the River Thames in south-east London. The vessel capsized and sunk at about 11:00 BST in Convoys Wharf in Deptford, near Greenwich Pier....

  • Maidenhead £5million waterways plans submitted maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

    Multi-million pound plans to create a navigable waterway around Maidenhead town centre have been submitted to the Royal Borough this week. Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group (MWRG) has spent four years working on a £5m scheme to create a 2km 'ring' of water around the town which can be used by small boats and canoeists. The revamped waterway would extend from Town Moor, where the channel splits into York Stream and Moor Cut, through the town centre to Green Lane where the channel rejoins....


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