Work has continued this week at Catrine and I headed there this afternoon to check progress.

The first thing I noticed was the large beech tree beside the path had been felled. I’m not sure if this is part of the ongoing works, but I would be surprised as it wasn’t an obvious problem. Anyway, my main concern at Catrine is with the fish pass, not trees.

The large tree beside the fish pass fence has been felled.

The large tree beside the fish pass fence has been felled.

The chamber to catch water spilled from the fish pass has been started. Form work is in place in advance of pouring concrete. The pipe has been installed, backfilled and sealed where it passes through the wall of the bottom chamber. I expect concrete will be poured at the start of the week if the weather holds. After that, the wall will be cut to allow the excess water to spill from the pass, reducing the flow to the original designed capacity of 0.5 cubic meters/second.

Formwork in place ready for concrete. This will be the collection chamber for water spilled from the pass to reduce the flow to 0.5cubic meters a second., the designed capacity of the fish pass.

Formwork in place ready for concrete. This will be the collection chamber for water spilled from the pass to reduce the flow to 0.5cubic meters a second., the designed capacity of the fish pass.

Another view of the chamber. The wall will be cut to allow water to spill into the chamber and then carried by the pipe to the lower chamber of the pass.

Another view of the chamber. The wall will be cut to allow water to spill into the chamber and then carried by the pipe to the lower chamber of the pass.

I was informed that the concrete at Anderson’s has been cut, but when visited today, there was no sign of that as it was still under water. I would be surprised if this is in fact the case as we haven’t been informed that this work is to progress at the moment. I’ll check to see what work is included in the current remit.
I’ll keep updating the blog as work progresses.

 

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3 Responses to Catrine Fish Pass UPDATE

  1. Ronnie bunting says:

    Given the river levels and the amount of work ongoing it all seems very positive.

  2. Ronnie bunting says:

    Given the river levels and the amount of work ongoing it all seems very positive. The tree was dead and needed removing easier now than if it fell into the river or the fish pass could have been damaged

  3. Billy Mckinnon says:

    It was the National Autistic School that had the tree removed not Catrine Community Trust, this was one of two trees removed for safety reasons