We're pleased to report that the first leaky dam has been installed at Layer Brook!
This is just one of several practical measures being taken to improve water quality for Layer Brook and Abberton Reservoir by reducing the amount of sediment and pollutants that are carried along the waterway.
What is a leaky dam?
Leaky dams are natural wooden structures designed to allow low flowing water to flow unimpeded, whilst intercepting and slowing flood waters. Leaky dams mimic natural obstructions caused by trees and branches falling into the river. Water will continue to flow but the leaky dam will trap sediment and pollutants as they settle.
We hope that this project will have a positive impact on the water quality and plant life in Layer Brook and Abberton Reservoir, making the landscape here more resilient to the effects of climate change.
Further work on Layer Brook continues and we will bring you another update before the end of the year!