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Water Power

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Conservative, Broxbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that micro-hydro schemes do not adversely affect (a) stream courses and (b) the upward and downward migration of fish.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency regulates the installation of hydropower schemes in England and Wales. Its Good Practice Guidelines set standards to protect the environment, including maintaining adequate stream flows and screening turbines to prevent fish from entering them. The guidelines require the inclusion or improvement of fish and eel passes where necessary.

The Good Practice Guidelines are being reviewed by the Environment Agency. As part of that review it will be launching a public consultation in July 2011, which will be available on its website at

www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

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