Category Archives: River conditions

Shepperton to Teddington – NO stream warning -updated

02.06.2014

Yellow stream warning boards are on display at many lock sites in the middle and lower regions of the Thames. Stream conditions remain steady and are expected to decline over the week, although the river remains sensitive to further rainfall.

Occasional isolated showers are expected throughout the weekend.

Environment Agency

Algae update

Algae update – good news. All restrictions lifted! We have now had a second water sample tested by the Environment Agency and this has come back clear of blue green algae so it’s back to business as normal for all on the canal.

However we cannot guarantee that it won’t return so please keep your eyes open and if anyone notices any paint like scums on the water please let us know. We will of course continue to monitor the water over the coming weeks.

Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre

Basingstoke canal – Blue Green Algae Levels Reducing

Blue Green Algae Levels Reducing

We have been monitoring the blue green algae over the last few days and have noted that it has reduced considerably in density within the water. Unpowered boats are now allowed to use the full canal again. there is however still blue green algae present from Aldershot through to Odiham and everyone should take basic precautions.

General Precautions

Wash hands if you come into contact with canal water.

Canoes and kayaks – do not carry out rolling practice or any activities that will purposely put you under/in the water. If you capsize accidentally try not to swallow water. Shower and wash clothing as soon as possible. The algae can irritate skin particularly if it is trapped between skin and clothing. If you find any green surface scums or swirls of algae keep away from these. Do not use boats that are prone to capsizing until after the algae has gone.

Contact the Canal Centre for further information 01252 370073

Thames back to normal

06.05.14

River flows and levels continue to decrease along the length of the river. The river now has no red boards displayed and many sites now have no stream warnings. The upcoming week is forecast to be fine with occasional showers.

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Basingstoke Canal warning on blue-green algae

Algae update: Hampshire section of the canal now closed to all unpowered boats. The Environment Agency (EA) have now confirmed that the algae is toxic blue-green algae and advised us to close the Hampshire section of the canal (Ash lock to Greywell) to all unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, rowing boats etc) until further notice.

Blue-Green algae 02.05.14We have received unverified reports of “Blue-Green” algae in the canal between Fleet and Dogmersfield.We have taken samples of the blooms which have been sent to the Environment Agency for expert analysis.

In the meantime we advise that extra precautions are taken while visiting and using the canal, as you and your pets could be at risk.

  • Do not allow your dogs to swim or drink water from the canal.
  • If you come into contact with the algal blooms ensure good hygiene before eating and drinking. Symptoms may include skin rashes, vomiting, fever and joint pains.
  • If you feel unwell or are concerned please contact your doctor.
  • Unwell pets should be taken to a vet as soon as possible.
  • Additional information is available on the Environment Agency website, environment-agency.gov.uk

26.04.14 Caution Strong Stream + Wey in flood

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Take care on the river – the flow has increased dramatically over the last 24 hours, in Kingston the flow today is 150m3/s, double that of yesterday. Stay up to date with stream warnings on the Thames Conditions page

Following recent significant rainfall river flows and levels are rising. Yellow boards are being displayed throughout the River Thames and some red boards are being displayed. The outlook is for further rain over the next few days and we anticipate further red boards being displayed.

26.04.14 WEY RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

10.20hrs

Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock – all river sections of the navigations are in flood, dangerous conditions to navigation exist and it is not safe to proceed along the waterway at this time.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations Office 01483 561389(recorded message not updated at weekends).

24.04.2014 Wey conditions – normal

12.00

River conditions from Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock are normal and open for navigation.

You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)

22.04.14 Wey in flood

22.04.14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

16.40hrs

Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock – all river sections of the navigations are in flood, dangerous conditions to navigation exist and it is not safe to proceed along the waterway at this time.

You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)