DOES A PROPOSED HYDROPOWER SCHEME CONCERN YOU?

Are you worried that the cumulative effects of multiple hydro schemes in one catchment have not been sufficiently considered? Has sufficient protection been given to ensure schemes will not adversely impact fish populations? Should a fish passage be paid for by the developer? These are some of the important considerations highlighted by the S&TA to help members respond to the Hydropower Good Practice Guidelines Consultation.

Are you worried that the cumulative effects of multiple hydro schemes in one catchment have not been sufficiently considered? Has sufficient protection been given to ensure schemes will not adversely impact fish populations? Should a fish passage be paid for by the developer? These are some of the important considerations highlighted by the S&TA to help members respond to the Hydropower Good Practice Guidelines Consultation.

The consultation ends on 23rd September. IT IS VITAL, if a hydropower scheme is proposed/planned on a river you fish, own, or care about, that you register your concerns before that date. Evidence is key! Please take the time to go to: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/ho/br/gpg/review and respond. The attached S&TA/AT crib sheet is designed, along with your experience of hydropower schemes on your local rivers, to help you with your response. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact S&TA’s Head of Science, janina@salmon-trout.org with your queries.

A new hydropower scheme on any river has the potential to create irreparable damage to the aquatic environment UNLESS it is properly designed and constructed as part of an overall catchment management plan, taking into account cumulative effects of multiple hydro installations. This is your opportunity to ensure that all necessary precautions are put in place first to protect our fragile aquatic eco-systems.

Please don’t delay!