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RTS water quality and sediment assessment report: report on the water quality, sediment and chlorophyll dynamics within the Jubilee River

Bowes, Michael; Hutchins, Michael; Old, Gareth; Nicholls, David; Armstrong, Linda; Trill, Emily; Rameshwaran, Ponnambalam. 2021 RTS water quality and sediment assessment report: report on the water quality, sediment and chlorophyll dynamics within the Jubilee River. Wallingford, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 79pp. (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

The Jubilee River is an artificial flood relief channel in the lower stretches of the freshwater Thames catchment. It stretches 12 km, splitting from the River Thames at Boulter’s Lock, Maidenhead, and re-joining the Thames downstream of the town of Eton. It was designed to divert excess water from the Thames during times of flood, to protect the towns of Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton from flooding. It was designed to look and act like a natural river, with many marginal areas designed to provide good habitat for aquatic wildlife, such as invertebrates and fish. It also provides a valuable recreational amenity, with the Jubilee River providing a popular place for walking, swimming, cycling and bird-watching. It became operational in 2002. The Jubilee River provides a surrogate system for the series of flood relief channels that are being proposed in the lower part of the Thames from Datchet to Teddington. This new scheme, known as the River Thames Scheme (RTS), plans to: • protect the towns of Datchet, Egham, Staines, Chertsey, Weybridge and Kingston from flooding; • provide new areas for recreational activities; • provide/enhance wildlife habitat in the RTS and protecting the existing ecosystem on the River Thames. The construction of such a long length of artificial channel, with its linking up of existing lake habitats, and the subsequent reduction of flows within the River Thames itself, could all have impacts on water quality and ecology, both in the RTS and the Thames.

Item Type: Publication - Report (Project Report)
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Hydro-climate Risks (Science Area 2017-)
Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
Funders/Sponsors: Black & Veatch Consulting Ltd., Environment Agency
Additional Keywords: nutrient, algae, phosphorus, flood relief channel, Thames
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Biology and Microbiology
Chemistry
Date made live: 28 Jul 2021 10:18 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/530817

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