FARMERS AND THE RIVER’S WATERS:
A couple of weeks ago, these pages looked at how the waters of the river are extracted sustainably:
All around the country, though, this is under considerable pressure:
With record temperatures of 40C or more forecast by the Met Office in the coming days, farmers are being urged to reduce their water use, where possible, to help conserve dwindling supplies.
And yet, farmers are under particular pressure:
Farmers have warned of a ‘significant challenge’ posed by the extremely dry weather as they try to keep crops fully watered in the face of rising fuel, electricity and fertiliser costs during the heatwave gripping Britain.
FISH AND THE RIVER’S WATERS:
The heat wave is also affecting the creatures who live in the river’s waters.
These reports are from this time last year – and conditions are even more stressful this summer:
This is from last month:
As the mercury climbs this weekend, water temperatures are also expected to increase. Warmer waters can spell bad news for salmon, especially if the temperatures stay warm for long periods of time.
With this overview from earlier this week: