Bristol Avon - dredging

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Spotted this earlier on the BBC's pointswest FB site - Over 500 trolleys recovered from the Avon in Clean-up operations:
https://www.facebook.com/pointswest/videos/800661960028949/

Interestingly the emphasis for doing the work seems to be 'flood prevention' - it might be interesting to see if there is a subsequent Prymnesium problem there similar to the Thurne as documented elsewhere on this forum.

I wonder if C&RT did an Environmental Risk Assessment on this site?
 

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That is incredible, makes you wonder what half the snags are on other rivers.
 

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Awful that folk have so little regard for their immediate environment as well as others belongings.
Sheffields river Don as been abused in much the same manner both in it and on its banks.One dedicated group of fly anglers regularly clear skiploads of garbage along some of its banks, much of it household gear yet there is a council tip not far away.
Historically too when the steel and cutlary trade was at its height the river was a dumping ground , tons of steel littered its riverbad and its gone into folk lore now how many a cutlary worker would lob a duff bit of silverplated cutlary out of the factory window into the river immediately below
 

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Whenever I'm down that way on holiday there's always some poor soul who's fallen in the Avon on the news so at least they only found trolleys and the like.
 

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Erm yes. It's on the video you posted in your first post?
It's not actually made explicit, in the video, that there has been no comparable clean-up for c. 40-odd years - The point being made PC is that the artefacts found through this 'archaeology' suggest the dating of these deposits - and give an idea of how long the area has been used as a dump-site and the scale of the flooding where an A35 (c. 1 ton) has been washed-down into the 'cut'.

It will be interesting to see what the longer term effects this dredging will have on the fishing in the area - coupled with the 'improved water flow' - and impact downstream. Any thoughts/fears from regular anglers of these areas?

I noticed the comment by Dean Macey: "Great chance of a trolley PB." - there's a Specimen Hunter for ya! :rolleyes:
 
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