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The River Ver is a chalk stream that joins the River Colne near Bricket Wood. Chalk streams are globally rare habitats and there are around 240 of them in England with 10% located within our supply area.
Over the centuries, chalk streams like the River Ver have been changed for many reasons including moving them to work with field boundaries, straightened for mill races or relocated for housing. These changes mean that the rivers are less resilient to changes in climate and drought conditions.
We are working with the support of the Environment Agency and others to Revitalise Chalk Rivers. The aim is to make chalk rivers in our supply area more natural again so that they are less likely to suffer from low flows and have a good variety of habitats for wildlife.
The project started in September 2019 and was completed in January 2020. The project involved:
Before - July 2019 Before - August 2019 During Construction - October 2019
After Construction - December 2019
Cattle Crossing Point With Water Gates Earth Berm Cattle Drinking Point
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We are looking to develop options for a river improvement project along the River Ver which is a globally rare chalk stream. We have identified a 2km stretch of river from upstream of Redbournbury Mill to Redbourn Road (near Bow Bridge), which we believe has the potential for river improvements.
We will be working very closely with landowners and residents in this area, as well as other key stakeholders including the Ver Valley Society, Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and Hertfordshire County Council. We are keen to hear and respond to our stakeholders’ views and thoughts about the river in this area when developing potential options.
This project will be exploring options to overcome several challenges along this section of the River Ver including barriers to fish passage, siltation and historical river alterations which have meant some stretches have lost their natural path and connection to the groundwater. We are looking to create a design which improves chalk stream characteristics including clear gravel beds, pools and riffles. We also want to create a design which enables fish passage, and improves resilience to high and low river flows.
Redbournbury Mill Looking downstream from Redbournbury Mill
Irish Weir Just upstream of Redbourn Road (near Bow Bridge)
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