What comes out of our river?
On 2 November 2012 members of the project team visited South East Water Treatment works at Barcombe to see first hand how much sediment needs to come out of the River Ouse as part of the water treatment process. Sediment gets into rivers through rainfall which runs off the land and stays in the river until Barcombe. This pile of sediment is how much comes out of the river over a 1-2 day period. This all has to be transported back up the catchment to go back on the land.
The potential of re-connecting the meanders at Sheffield Park would help to slow the flow increasing flooding across the floodplain helping to reduce the sediment load in the river.
Other projects are in progress to try to reduce the amount of sediment getting into the river.
Compressed soil block: soil that has come out of the river is compressed and taken back up the catchment