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Friday 26 August

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  • Windsor Castle will be powered by hydro-electricity from Romney weir bbc.co.uk

    Windsor Castle will be powered by hydro-electricity, the royal household has said. The castle will be supplied by Southeast Power Engineering Ltd (SEPEL), after former renewable energy plans were halted in 2009. Two hydro-electric turbines at Romney Weir on the River Thames will be lifted into position by a crane in late September, the firm said. The 40-tonne Archimedes Screw turbines will be ready to operate from November....

Wednesday 24 August

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  • Boaters hit by canal vandalism at Wigan wigantoday.net

    Fed-up boaters were stuck on Wigan’s canal for more than half a day after the water was drained by vandals overnight. Four canal boats were moored on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, opposite the Shanghai Palace off Poolstock Lane, when youths damaged the locks in Chapel Lane, causing the water level to drop to such a level the basin was almost dry. It took almost a day for an operative from British Waterways to refill the canal....

Sunday 21 August

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  • 'Boat' hotel to be hoisted above Thames dailymail.co.uk

    A bizarre new hotel - shaped like a boat - is to be placed on top of the Queen Elizabeth Concert hall peering out over the River Thames. The nautical building, due to be hoisted into position in December, will be equipped with a mast and look-out station and guests will be expected to keep a detailed log and hoist a flag to indicate they are aboard....

  • You can take the slow lane all the way down the River Lot independent.co.uk

    For the past 24 hours we have been creeping noiselessly down the Lot River in a solar-powered floating hotel, designed by our captain, Dominique Renouf. She launched her Lot cruise this summer, having decamped from the overcrowded Canal du Midi in search of peace. And she has certainly found it here – all morning, the beating of herons' wings and the occasional cry of some mournful water creature are all that have broken the silence....

  • Thames 'twins' with Ganges oxfordmail.co.uk

    The River Thames is to twin with the River Ganges in India in a £210,000 initiative to share ways to protect wildlife and reduce pollution. Indian scientists will visit the UK to learn how the Thames was restored from being biologically dead in the 1950s to become one of the cleanest urban rivers in the world. Villagers along 1,660 kilometres of the upper Ganges and its tributary will be helped to look after their rivers by changing farming methods and reducing pressure on fish stocks. The Thames Rivers Restoration Trust is funding the project using prize money from the 2010 Theiss Riverprize....

  • Full steam ahead for Crofton Pumping Station gazetteandherald.co.uk

    The Kennet and Avon Canal’s Crofton Pumping Station, which attracts tens of thousands of tourists a year, was forced to close three weeks ago when its drinking water supply was found to be contaminated with canal water. ... The 200-year-old pumping station had to be closed for health and safety reasons until arrangements could be made for a new storage tank to hold freshly delivered supplies of water. It re-opens tomorrow but initially the Engineman’s Rest café may be restricted to selling ice creams, bottled and canned drinks, sweets and other pre-packaged food....

  • Tackling Rod Licence Evasion in Stoke environment-agency.gov.uk

    This weekend (20 & 21 August 2011), Environment Agency officers will be on the look out for rod licence evaders when carrying out a series of checks in Stoke-on-Trent. This activity is part of a targeted fisheries operation in the Midlands region, which is known to have a higher-than-average rod licence evasion rate. During a rod licence blitz over the Easter holidays, officers in the Environment Agency's Midlands Environmental Crime Team checked 1,110 anglers at known high rod licence evasion hot-spots across the Midlands and detected 82 offences. Anglers who were unable to provide a satisfactory name and address had their tackle seized. ...

  • ‘Canal network grinding to halt’ says Braunston marina MD Tim Coghlan northamptonchron.co.uk

    Northamptonshire's historic canal network is “grinding to a halt” due of a chronic lack of rain and too many boats on the water, the managing director of a county marina has warned. A dry summer and falling water levels, combined with increasing numbers of boaters hitting the county’s popular stretches of canal and a huge increase in local marinas, has left the waterways “close to meltdown”. Tim Coghlan, managing director at Braunston Marina, said the lack of rain and heavy traffic had seen the height of the canals fall dramatically this summer. The water in his marina, he said, had fallen by around eight inches....

  • Thames Tunnel project commitment to use river transport for construction edie.net

    Thames Water and engineering consultants BMT Isis have announced the latest stage of the Thames Tunnel project, which aims to clean-up the River Thames by tackling sewer discharges. As part of the project, the River Thames will be used to support construction and the transport of excavated material by barge boat. Thames Tunnel's design manager, Gareth Thomas, said: "The identification of a practical, safe and economic bulk-material, river transport strategy is a key issue for the project. BMT Isis's Lee Rhodes said: "We are committed to providing assurance to the Thames Tunnel team on the feasibility of using the river for the movement of construction and excavated material and that from a navigational perspective it will also be safe and have no adverse impact on existing river users. ...

Saturday 20 August

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  • I forgot, I don't like family vacations guardian.co.uk

    To plan a holiday properly, you should sit and visualise spending 24 hours a day with your family [Peter White] "Size, or the lack of it, is the key ­factor … they are, after all, called narrowboats" If the makers of the returning Big Brother series really want to plumb the depths of human incompatibility, may I respectfully suggest that they insert their celebrities into a narrowboat (70ft by 7ft), and set them adrift on the Kennet and Avon canal. Ingredients they might consider adding to ensure maximum angst: a seven-year-old boy who knows no fear; a nine-year-old girl who's almost too good to be true; a teenager who believes life without her computer is equivalent to being bombed back to the stone age. Oh yes, and just to make sure: three distinct, but inter-related families, who all know that there is only one right way to do everything, and it's theirs. I know this is a winning formula: I've just done it, and I bear the scars....

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

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  • 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....

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