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7th October 2019

River Parrett Pioneer Dredge

WM Longreach have been working on a project to reduce flood risk funded by the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA).  The Environment Agency and Natural England have worked closely with the SRA and River Parrett IDB to achieve increased capacity in the River Parrett.  Careful measures have been taken to ensure the protection of both ecology and water quality including: the installation of specialist hydrology survey equipment, ecology surveys and the relocation of the reedy fringe (home to a protected species of beetle).  The variety of access issues in the project have been overcome with the use of five long reach machines of varying sizes fitted with the latest technology, using digital models of the river bed and real time GPS to ensure both accuracy in profiles achieved as well as efficiency to the production rates. WM Longreach have been working on a project to reduce flood risk funded by the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA). The Environment Agency and Natural England have worked closely with the SRA and River Parrett IDB to achieve increased capacity in the River Parrett. Careful measures have been taken to ensure the protection of both ecology and water quality including: the installation of specialist hydrology survey equipment, ecology surveys and the relocation of the reedy fringe (home to a protected species of beetle). The variety of access issues in the project have been overcome with the use of five long reach machines of varying sizes fitted with the latest technology, using digital models of the river bed and real time GPS to ensure both accuracy in profiles achieved as well as efficiency to the production rates.
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