|The jetty, seen from the Derwent side |
(No, it doesn't have a power station on it).
A recent addition is a “lamprey ladder”, seen here during installation, sloping down into the Ouse. These eel-like, but not eels, fish need to come in from the sea to breed in fresh water - a supply of which from the Derwent flows down the “ladder” and the lampreys in the Ouse sense it and swim up the ladder. It was installed in 2011, so what the lampreys had been doing since the barrage was installed in 1975 I don’t know. Nevertheless, they now have an Environment Agency ladder to help them on their way.
Having passed through the barrage's lock boats are on a very different waterway. Navigation on the Derwent has a complex history - the Navigation Act was repealed in 1935, and waterways enthusiasts fought long and hard in the 1970s and 1980s to have the legal right to boat upon the river. The situation remains unclear - there is no navigation authority, and boats can only cruise as far as Stamford Bridge.
|The Dewent, looking upstream|
from the barrage's mooring pontoon