Water, water everywhere
WE ARE CONSTANTLY being warned that global warming will result in extreme weather and floods and, if that is correct, we need to plan for it – which includes dredging.
A few years ago, serious flooding took place in Cumbria and flood defences were built based on a 100-year storm prediction. But if global warming accelerates this, that prediction would be out of date. And so, six years later, the December 2015 floods proved the point.
Because the Pennines are a vast watershed, all western rivers have to pass under the Lancaster Canal in the many aqueducts. Water engineers of the Lancaster Canal have been working against the clock, taking water from upstream and passing it down the canal in an effort to help the flood situation upstream. Consequently, if the canal was still a water conduit from Kendal, this would have helped the flooding by a significant margin.
It is imperative that we rebuild our canals. The government states that, for every £1 spent, it expects £ 8 back in environmental and social gain. Some £30-million was spent on the Kennet & Avon and it now generates almost £100-million per year, and is a constant delight to everyone. Plus, it can be used in any emergency.
It only takes common sense to see the advantages, so why are we waiting?
The Lune, the biggest aqueduct on the Lancaster