WATER RESOURCES ACT 1991 (AS AMENDED BY THE WATER ACT 2003)Notice ID: BR3264908
WATER RESOURCES ACT 1991 (AS AMENDED BY THE WATER ACT 2003)
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RENEWAL OF EXISTING TRIAL OF COMPENSATION RELEASES IN THE
WORTH VALLEY NEAR KEIGHLEY
Notice is hereby given, in accordance with Section 37 of the Water Resources Act 1991 and Regulation 6 of the Water Resources (Abstraction and Impounding) Regulations 2006 that; following discussion with the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water Services Limited are proposing to renewthecompensationregimetrial thathasbeenrunningintheWorth Valley since 1 March 2014 (and prior to that, 1 March 2010).
It is proposed that the current trial will be extended until 1 March 2018 for Leeming and Leeshaw Reservoirs, with no change in trial flows.
It is proposed that the current trial at Doe Park reservoir be extended until 1 March 2020 with no change in trial flows.
The purpose of the extension of the trial is to allow time to formalise the related licences to include the trial flows. The flows have been designed to satisfyboththeneedsoftheenvironmentandthoseofYorkshireWaterto maintain public drinking water supplies into the future.
The existing trial that has been running from March 2014 stipulated the following releases:
When reservoir stocks are above Yorkshire Water's control lines at both Leeshaw and Leeming reservoirs, the compensation discharge from Leeshaw reservoir into Dunkirk Beck and from Leeming reservoir into Leeming Water is 4,000 m3/d from each, a total combined flow of 8,000 m3/d.
When Leeming stocks are above the Yorkshire Water control line and Leeshaw stocks are below, there is still a combined flow of 8,000 m3/d, with 5,250 m3/d being released from Leeming and 2,750 m3/d from Leeshaw.
When stocks at both Leeming and Leeshaw are below Yorkshire Water's Control Lines, the releases are 3,250 m3/d from Leeming and 2,750 m3/d from Leeshaw, and the combined release reduces to 6,000 m3/d. The releases from Ponden and Lower Laithe reservoirs are increased to maintain a flow of 8,000 m3/d at Springhead Weir at NGR SE 0261 3775 on the River Worth (instead of the usual flow of 6,000m3/d)
There is no net change in flows downstream of the confluence of the River Worth with Bridgehouse Beck at NGR SE 0361 3804 when compared to pre-trial flows.
Inaddition,wewould liketoextendtheoperationoftheDoeParkreservoir compensation flow trial. In this trial, the compensation flow to Denholme Beck measuredattheweiratNGR: SE0768834222, willcontinuetobe halvedfrom3,600m3/dto1,800m3/d whenreservoirstocksfall below Yorkshire Water's Control Lines.
Thepotentialenvironmentalimpactsofthechangestothecompensation releases will continuetobemonitored throughoutthecompensation flow trial.
Licensed abstractors on the affected river reaches have not been notified as there is no proposed change to currentoperation.
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