Water Situation Report June 2024

Solent and South Downs (SSD) had below average rainfall in June, receiving 39% (22mm) of the long-term average (LTA) rainfall (55.2mm). Monthly mean river flows across SSD ranged from below normal to exceptionally high. End of month groundwater levels ranged from normal to exceptionally high. Soils across SSD ended the month drier than the average for June. End of month reservoir stocks were above average at Ardingly Reservoir (Ouse) and below average at Arlington Reservoir (Cuckmere).

The full report on average rainfall for June 2024 is now uploaded onto our Members’ Area for reading. You will also find the water situation forecast up to September 2024, looking at river flow and projected groundwater levels during this period.

 

Portsmouth University Research Paper on Polar Organic Contaminants in the Rivers Test and Itchen

This research has been published.  Essentially 121 plant protection products, pharmaceuticals and personal care products were found in the rivers.  It should be noted that the sample contaminants were what the researchers chose to look for given the sampling method.  There are a number of concerning findings.

The report findings can be read in the Members Area under Chalkstream Management & Research.

Water Situation Report May 2024

The report on average rainfall for May 2024 is now uploaded onto our members’ area for reading. You will also find the water situation forecast up to September 2024, looking at river flow and projected groundwater levels during this period.

 

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History of the Test and Itchen Association

Weedcut 2024

Water Situation Report – Forward look to September 2024

The Water Situation Report looking forward to September 2024, giving river flow and projected groundwater levels for this period is published in our members’ area.  You will also find the most recent report of average rainfall in March 2024.  Please go in to read.

Water Situation Report March 2024

The report on average rainfall in March 2024 is now uploaded onto our members’ area. You will also find the water situation forecast up to September 2024, looking at river flow and projected groundwater levels during this period.  Please go in to read.

Water Quality Monitoring Project Update

Itchen Salmon Delivery Plan

Last year, the number of returning adult salmon in the Itchen was the lowest since records began in 1990 and, if we don’t act now, there is a risk of extinction. The Environment Agency (EA) has drawn up a plan (The Itchen Salmon Delivery Plan) designed to deal with the issues that it perceives are affecting the successful return, spawning and recruitment of chalk stream salmon. The T&I have engaged with the EA, along with other interested bodies to develop the plan and focus on the priority actions required.

You can access and read the drafted version of The Itchen Salmon Delivery Plan in the Members Area.