SPRITE have posted a video of their massive efforts to clean up the fish pass on the River Don at Niagara Weir following a double spate.
'Only a few weeks after an exhausting effort to clear flood debris from
the fish pass at Niagara weir on the River Don, another spate set things
back to square one in July 2012. The local volunteers of the community
group SPRITE set to work again and, along with their multiple additional
works, become part of a long legacy of groups and heroic individuals
from Yorkshire who have helped this post industrial river onto a fragile
recovery path. It is significant that these works are going on at a
time of great political pressure for widespread adoption of low-energy
producing and ecologically damaging micro- hydropower schemes. These
give a financial imperative to retain the impounding barriers in their
entirety and also limit the efficacy of fish passes.'
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.