A micro-hydropower scheme proposed for the Lancashire Calder at Whalley looks set to be rejected planning permission, despite having received a 'feasibility-survey' grant of £20k from the UK government. It would seem that anglers and others were instrumental in the successful objections, based on 'the impact of the scheme on the river environment and fish stock levels, noise from the generator and the risk of flooding', but in actuality the overarching swing-factor for the local Councillor was that the scheme would have a harmful 'visual impact'!
Full article here .
Thanks to JayZS
Watch the film, 'Kelham Island Hydro', and ask whether what boils down to be a few kettles' worth of hydro-generated electricity is proportionate to the decimation of our little-understood and very fragile river ecosystems.
If you have problems viewing the film from here, please view on Vimeo or watch on Google where you can also download to your pc.
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Changes to habitat and the chemical balance of water in our rivers - as a result of human development - are having an adverse effect on around 80% of European rivers and will get worse in the future says a new report from the EC. Those pressures include the development of hydropower on rivers. This indictment of the impact we're already having is surely a warning that must be heeded by developers and public officials, but is anyone really listening?
(Thanks to LR)
(Thanks to LR)
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Here's the latest example of the grave impact that micro-hydro schemes are having on our rivers. The scheme generates just 50 homes worth of electricity and the Settle Hydro company has breached its licence 238 times. Salmon Fishing Harmed by Hydro Scheme