Chasewater dam update

Spotted on the excellent Chasewater Wildlife Group homepage, I’d like to draw your attention to the following statement about the coming work on the dam, and the drainage of the lake to facilitate it:

‘The full extent of the works are still not announced but draw down will start early in the New Year and the lake will be emptied by April. It will take up to 18 months to refill. There are ‘interesting’ times ahead but aquatic ecosystems, including wildfowl, are bound to take a long time to recover. Let’s hope that LDC use the opportunity to resculpture the Island in order to make it a permanent feature at all water levels and a potential breeding site for Common Terns, Oystercatchers and Little Ringed Plovers.’

This is interesting news. Just how empty is empty, I Wonder? Will Jeffrey’s Swag be drained, too, or isolated from the main pool? What will happen to all the fish? Will the rumours of a sunken pleasure boat finally be confirmed?

As soon as I receive any more news, I’ll let you know.

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