New Guardian article highlights AMBER (Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers) researchers who find that only 1% of UK’s rivers are free-flowing. Many of their rivers are obstructed with barriers such as dam, weirs and culverts.
These barriers impede not only fish migration but also natural nutrient, energy, and sediment flow. Swansea researchers from the AMBER project are currently working on ways to alleviate problems of river flow without requiring a vast amount of funding. One of the ways they suggest is to remove old, redundant structures and enhance new ones.
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