The new fish pass not only makes it easy for fish to travel around the weir, but provides a whole new stretch of river habitat for Yorkshire’s freshwater wildlife. Dr Kathryn Turner, Biodiversity Advisor for Yorkshire Water, explained that the company was working hard to improve the region’s rivers.
She said, “Yorkshire's long industrial history has meant that many of Yorkshire's rivers have man made obstacles such as pipes and weirs in them. They prevent migratory fish such as salmon traveling to and from their breeding grounds. “As owners of many of these structures we are working hard to find ways to allow fish and other wildlife to return to their historical breeding grounds whilst building new habitat for Yorkshire’s freshwater wildlife.”
Visiting the site Rachel Reeves MP said, “It’s great to see Yorkshire Water investing in projects like this which help to improve the local environment. Rodley Nature Reserve is a popular site for local people and this project will provide real benefits for the biodiversity of the site and beyond.”
During the visit Rachel Reeves also discussed Yorkshire Water’s investment plans for 2015 to 2020, which were recently submitted to industry regulator Ofwat for approval. The plans will see Yorkshire Water investing £3.8bn to deliver clean, safe drinking water, protect the environment and deliver great customer service, while keeping customer’s bills in line with inflation.
Rachel Reeves said, “It is good hear that Yorkshire Water is continuing to invest in the things that matter to customers and I was particularly pleased that they have recognised the need to keep customer’s bills low. Many people are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, and knowing that their water bills will be kept in line with inflation until 2020 will be a real boost.”
More information about the work at Rodley can be found here - http://www.yorkshirewater.com/our-environment/biodiversity/river-restoration-programme.aspx