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Monday 23 August

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  • Waterways Trust appoints new vice president waterscape.com

    The Waterways Trust has announced the appointment of Miranda Krestovnikoff to the position of vice president. Miranda often appears as a specialist presenter on BBC’s One Show and Coast and has also featured as a guest presenter on Countryfile. Miranda’s fascination with aquatic life has also led her to work on television programmes such as Wreck Detectives and Water Warriors....

  • Boat owners on the River Medway in peril, warn Environment Agency kentonline.co.uk

    Boat-owners say they were minutes away from disaster when a computer-glitch opened a river sluice gate in the middle of the night and emptied the Medway of gallons of its water. The level of the river dropped five feet in 45 minutes after the automatically controlled gate in the middle of three sluices at Allington opened at around 12.30am on Friday, August 20. ...

  • New canal bridge moo-ves in banburycake.co.uk

    A FARMER and his herd of cows will now be able to go where ‘udders’ cannot follow after a £200,00 bridge was installed just for them. ...

  • Kirklees Council left red-faced over cycling leaflet | road.cc | The website for pedal powered people: Road cycling, com road.cc

    Perhaps the most spectacular revision was an email address for British Waterways, which appeared as enquiries.manic-depressive@brutalisation's.co.uk....

  • Fallen tree near Wootton Rivers traps boats on canal gazetteandherald.co.uk

    Boats heading along the Kennet and Avon Canal near Wootton Rivers on Sunday found their way blocked by a large tree that had toppled across the waterway, blocking it entirely. ...


Thursday 12 August

Today's news from the web

  • Business is down as Leeds & Liverpool canal closes cravenherald.co.uk

    The closure of the Leeds- Liverpool canal has had a severe effect on businesses in Craven. Since it took effect, trade has also dried up for many businesses whose livelihoods are dependent on tourists who hire canal boats....


Wednesday 11 August

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  • Grantham Canal campaigners lose the Battle of Mann's Bridge meltontimes.co.uk

    Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight to make the Grantham Canal navigable again despite a public inquiry ruling going against them. Grantham Canal Society and Grantham Canal Partnership members wanted the Secretary of State for Transport Phillip Hammond to amend A46 Newark to Widmerpool improvement plans due to fears about the impact on the through navigation and restoration of the canal....


Tuesday 10 August

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  • Boat users being asked to conserve water newburytoday.co.uk

    Boat users on the Kennet and Avon Canal are being asked to conserve water because of lower water levels in the canal. British Waterways put up signs between Crofton and Froxfield asking boat users to wait for other boats before using locks. ...

  • BW statement on water situation waterwaynews.blogspot.com

    The combined holdings of the other reservoirs that supply the summit of the canal are now 10.7%. (BW has previously said that the canal can only be re-opened once levels reach 20%.) ...


Monday 9 August

Today's news from the web

  • A shark in the canal? waterscape.com

    The shark has been designed to raise awareness of the hidden dangers that can lie beneath the water’s surface and to remind people to come and enjoy the canals but to stay out of the water....

  • Criticism of delays to fix Blackburn canal leak lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

    Work is finally set to begin to repair a leaking canal that has seen thousands of gallons of water spill on to a main road in Blackburn. ...

  • Skipton MP Julian Smith voices fears for firms reliant on waterway thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Mr Smith has written to the chief executive of British Waterways demanding to know what measures he has taken to minimise the impact of the closure on businesses. And he wants answers over what measures could be taken to mitigate the problems in future. He said: “In particular, there are concerns there has been a leak from the stretch of the canal which has been closed and that British Waterways has been aware of it but done nothing to mitigate it.” ...


Friday 6 August

Today's news from the web

  • River Thames set for £3.8 million upgrade environment-agency.gov.uk

    New lock gates, improved non-powered boat access and better mooring facilities are just some of the benefits river users will see from a £3.8 million upgrade for the River Thames later this year. ...

  • 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

Today's news from the web

  • 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). ...


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