Forge Dam Update - Oct 21

Sanctus the Council contractor started preparatory work on Wednesday 6 October so you may have seen:

• Netting across the brook to save fish and other water animals

• Clearance of vegetation upstream of the dam to permit access for major site works over the next few weeks

• A lowering of the water level in the dam and removal of fish and other water creatures to relocate them safely below the spillway

• Some vegetation clearance on the island

Future activities we can expect to see:

• Diversions from the bridle path to permit temporary heavy vehicle use

• Silt excavation and removal starting on the main channel on the south side of the dam

• Grubbing out and reuse of the alders by the brook inlet to create green natural barriers to guide the flow in the demand and improve the habitat along the north and south sides

• Upstream green solutions to slow the flow of the brook and hold back silt

• Clean out of the silt traps

Sanctus contractors will be on site most days and are happy to answer questions about their work. Friends of the Porter Valley are also available to answer questions sent via the website

Further information sheets will be provided at the cafe as the works progress

Ann le Sage

Chair Friends of the Porter Valley


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