River Almond Barriers Project

Aims of the Project

The Trust has been working with Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland on a major programme of works to ease fish passage along the River Almond in West Lothian.  The River Almond has been considerably affected by the intervention of man which has changed the morphological nature of the river by adding weirs for a range of historical uses.  These barriers were placed in the river to provide a source of water of the mills which once lined the river.  The barriers currently being scoped for easement are:

  • Fair-a-Far weir
  • Dowies weir
  • Mid Calder Weir
  • Rugby Club Weir
  • Howden Weir
  • Kirkton Weir
  • Seafield Weir
Fair a Far Weir

Fair a Far Weir

Dowies Weir

Dowies Weir

 

 

 

 

 

Midcalder Weir

Midcalder Weir

Rugby Club Weir

Rugby Club Weir

 

 

 

 

 

Howden Bridge Weir

Howden Bridge Weir

Kirkton Weir

Kirkton Weir

 

 

 

 

 

Seafield Weir

Seafield Weir

These barriers are now redundant and whilst some have had installations place on them to ease the passage for migratory fish they are no longer fit for purpose and the accumulation of barriers on the Almond are preventing not only the movement of migratory fish such as Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout but also freshwater species such as brown trout, lampreys and eel’s.

River Forth Fisheries Trust’s involvement to date has been on the side lines whilst the initial investigation has progressed but once options are made available the Trust will be involved in the delivery along with stakeholder engagement.

Who’s involved?

  • West Lothian Council
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Community Councils
  • Local Heritage and Environmental Groups
  • Local Amenity Groups

What’s happening?

A number of scoping studies have been carried out by RAFTS and SEPA to determine what options could be pursued on each structure.

Between March – July 2015 a new phase will be initiated to determine what is the most feasible option and the best technical solution to get fish past each barrier. Once this report has been completed a decision will be made by the structure owners as to what works should be carried out. In the later half of 2015 the design of this works will take place with delivery of this project hoped for 2016 onwards.

Visualisations of the best technical solution

Visualisations for the best technical solution at each of the structures have now been produced. To view these visualisations please click here

If you would like to leave a comment on the best technical solutions highlighted in the link above please click here

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