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30th October 2019

Sensitive Restoration of Canal SSSI

The Newport section of the Newport-Norbury Branch Canal was restored to water in 1966 and was soon supporting a rare aquatic plant community and forming a high quality and much-loved green space through the town.  In 1986 the linear waterway of the canal and its wetland margins were declared a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) in recognition of this.  Unfortunately, over the years these rare aquatic plants have been in steady decline due to deteriorating water quality and loss of water depth from siltation.  As part of the Newport Recovery Project WM Longreach have been employed to dredge multiple sections of the canal sensitively, putting careful environment protection measures in place to minimise the impact on the wildlife. The Newport section of the Newport-Norbury Branch Canal was restored to water in 1966 and was soon supporting a rare aquatic plant community and forming a high quality and much-loved green space through the town. In 1986 the linear waterway of the canal and its wetland margins were declared a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) in recognition of this. Unfortunately, over the years these rare aquatic plants have been in steady decline due to deteriorating water quality and loss of water depth from siltation. As part of the Newport Recovery Project WM Longreach have been employed to dredge multiple sections of the canal sensitively, putting careful environment protection measures in place to minimise the impact on the wildlife.
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