Chainley Burn Weir
“We need your help to begin the dam removal process on a critical spawning stream in the Tyne catchment! Chainley Burn flows from Hadrians Wall to its confluence with the River Tyne at Bardon Mill in Northumberland. The stream contains some of the best spawning and juvenile habitat in the Tyne catchment but is heavily impacted by obstructions that Tyne Rivers Trust hope to remove one by one. The first of these obstructions is a weir that was used to provide water as an energy source for a pottery mill but is now obsolete.
Tyne Rivers Trust will work with a local contractor and volunteers to remove the masonry structure and use the waste materials to protect the riverbank from erosion. Removal of this weir will reconnect more than a kilometre of the watercourse for native salmonids and lead to significant habitat improvements.”
Jack Bloomer, fisheries scientist at Tyne Rivers Trust
Dr Jack Bloomer is a fisheries scientist and an expert in the use of mapping software. He monitors the mitigating obstruction to fish movement, and he deals with the day to day governance and HR issues within Tyne Rivers Trust. Before joining the Trust, he used his experience and knowledge to work with communities in the Philippines and Bangladesh to help some of the most deprived people manage their fisheries more sustainably to ensure long-term food and economic security.
Since joining the Trust in 2016, Jack has developed impressive works to improve fish passage throughout the Tyne catchment. Some of his finest works include the removal of a few small-scale weirs, the installation of low-cost fish passage solutions and large-scale, engineered structures.
Bart Geenen, freshwater expert at WWF
Since Bart graduated in Wageningen in the field of water management, he has been committed to improving river management. In 1998, Bart went to Vietnam to research the Mekong River. For the last 10 years, Bart has worked for the WWF, mainly in Africa and Latin-America, to protect the beautiful natural rivers, like the Zambezi and the Amazon. In those countries rivers are the lifeblood for both animals and humans. In Europe we have forgotten this a little, but we can restore rivers here and give nature space again. That is why Bart, together with other river experts in Europe, has been trying to put the removal of dams in Europe on the map since 2015.