Saturday, May 31, 2008

NACA receive River Wensum project funding

Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association (NACA) have been awarded £10,000 in funding by the Environment Agency towards a partnership project with the Agency to assess the feasibility and prepare outline designs for, sustainable river restoration projects for the reaches of the River Wensum at Lyng either upstream or downstream of the mill, and at Costessey downstream of the railway line.

The designs will be in line with the river Wensum Restoration strategy and will give recommendations for restoration projects that will benefit the ecology and fisheries in these areas and contribute to restoring the river to that typical of a Norfolk chalk stream.

The reaches to benefit will be that of Lyng the site of NACA’s first restoration project which has also recently benefited from gravel augmentation work by the Agency, and at Costessey where phase two of their ambitious restoration project is deemed to take place to restore this once renowned barbel fishery.

Chris Oakley Chairman of the Association said: ‘ we are happy to be leading the way on projects of this kind on the Wensum something the Association has been heavily involved with for over twenty years and are pleased to work closely and in partnership with the Agency and welcome their support’.

Any preliminary design work will be undertaken in early 2009.