Silt dredged from South Yorkshire lagoon to protect against floods

Silt is to be dredged from the lagoon at Centenary Riverside Local Nature Reserve.
Silt is to be dredged from the lagoon at Centenary Riverside Local Nature Reserve.
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Excess silt is to be dredged from a nature reserve lagoon to help protect nearby homes and businesses from flooding.

The Centenary Riverside Local Nature Reserve at Templeborough, near Rotherham, acts as a floodplain for the River Don and has helped to protect the surrounding area from flooding on 15 occasions since 2009.

However a build up of silt in the lagoon has reduced its capacity to hold water so reserve bosses, the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, are to remove a layer so the site can continue to be used as a floodplain.

The Trust secured £15,543 from Mondegreen Environmental Body Ltd and Rotherham Council to hire Dinsdale Moorland Specialists Ltd to remove deposited silt using excavators.