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Lower River Stour downstream of Lamarsh Pressures

The table below shows the current pressures that this waterbody faces and the solutions that could be put in place to solve these problems. You can learn more about some of these pressures and solutions on the Environment Agency Catchment Data Explorer or you can contact us to find out more.

PRESSURES

SOLUTIONS

Himalayan Balsam has been most recently recorded on this water body in 2012. This pretty plant, with pink flowers, is fast growing and hardy. It covers river banks and shades out native plants. In the winter, Himalayan Balsam will die down, leaving bare banks that are susceptible to erosion.

Himalayan Balsam can be removed easily by pulling it from the ground (including the root), snapping the basal stem and then leaving it in a pile to rot down. If you would like to get involved in pulling this invasive species, or would like to organise a work party, then please let us know through the contact us page.

 

This river stretch, along with many others in this catchment, has been historically modified.

Where there are physical structures that are redundant plan their removal or work at reducing their negative impact.

Models have shown that there is likely to be issues with the hydrology in this waterbody.

Investigate possible reasons for the issues in flow.

This waterbody has developed problems with phosphate levels which contribute to its overall rating as moderate. Unfortunately there is no data to suggest where these problems are originating from.

Carry out further investigation in order to determine the source of pollutants and take the action required to solve the problem.

This waterbody has developed problems with phosphate levels which contribute to its overall rating as moderate. Unfortunately there is no data to suggest where these problems are originating from.

Carry out further investigation in order to determine the source of pollutants and take the action required to solve the problem.

  

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