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UK: Cromford Canal to benefit from dredging

News // February 28, 2013

This is Derbyshire reports that a stretch of Cromford Canal is being cleaned-up in a Derbyshire County Council-funded project to get a historic narrow boat cruising along the waterway again.

Work to dredge a 1.3 mile section of the canal from Cromford Wharf to Leawood Pumphouse will start shortly.

Material such as decomposing plants and soil particles which get washed into the canal will be removed to make the water deeper, allowing a boat to use it for the first time since the 1980s.

Deputy leader for Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Simon Spencer, said: ďThis work to Cromford Canal will bring great benefits to the area. It is not only essential for the environment by helping wildlife but will also help to boost tourism in the area which is good for the local economy.Ē

The county council owns the five miles of Cromford Canal, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, from Cromford Wharf to Ambergate and parts of it also fall within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Ebsford Environmental of Leeds has been appointed to carry out the work which will cost £300,000 and will be using cutter suction dredging machines to draw silt out of the canal.


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