6. Canon's Mill bypass channel

Aims: Involve people with their local waterbodies; Improve wildlife corridors; Work together

Water body: River Chess
Project description

Project which removed an obstruction to fish passage and improved public access.

 Along the mill bypass near Canon’s Mill in Waterside, a stretch of the river had been forced underground through a section of pipes to enable a footpath to cross the river. The Impress the Chess project worked with the Environment Agency to get the pipes removed, opening up the river once again. This work improved flows along the bypass, thereby enhancing habitat and enabling fish to move around the impassable weir at the old mill site. A footbridge was installed in April 2008 to provide uninterrupted footpath access along the riverside, improving both the river habitat and accessibility.

Project lead: Environment Agency
Project partners: Impress the Chess
Funding source: Environment Agency

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.