Thursday, 8 September 2011
Commercial traffic on the Ouse; and the problem with zebra mussels
BBC Look East had an item yesterday about the starting of a traffic in container barges carrying sewage sludge from Ely to King's Lynn. It's worth watching if you can - make sure you do so within a week, before it disappears from the iPlayer - if only to see the tender being pushed sideways along the river; the Bantam pushing the barge, and how close it all gets to an expensive-looking fibreglass cruiser!
Here's the brief description from the website:
Anglian Water is to use barges to transport sewage between Ely in Cambridgeshire and King's Lynn in Norfolk, replacing a fleet of lorries.
The sludge will be loaded into containers to travel the 30 miles up the river by barge to the sewage works, saving 16 daily tanker journeys between the two towns.
This is the second waterways-related (and Anglian Water) story in two days. On Tuesday BBC Look East ran an item on the problem of the zebra mussel and what's being done about it.
Again, from the website:
A Cambridge company has come up with a new way of killing off zebra mussels which costs (sic) Anglian Water £500,000 a year.
(They/we mean it's the mussels which cost that much, not the new way of killing them.)
The non-native zebra mussels thrive in fresh water and are also a problem for boat-owners, clinging in their thousands under the waterline and even getting into engines.