A fantastic example of the work we do along the becks of Teesside is Bluebell Beck where an off-line storage pond has been created.
This purpose of this is to retain water during heavy rainfall to prevent flooding while also creating more wildlife habitat.
How Does It Work?
When the water rises in the beck, some of the water will be diverted to the pond, this will mean that some of the flood water is being held back. As well as creating flood alleviation to the area around the pond, it will also make the flow of the beck less direct and will prevent flooding downstream.
Once the peak of the flood has passed, most of the water will flow slowly back into the beck (a small amount will remain to provide habitat)this will also help to filter out pollution before the water reaches the beck.
What Else Has Been Done Here?
The bank side scrub was also cut down- this should help more light get to the beck and allow some of the smaller plants to grow. This will encourage Water Voles to thrive here and reduce erosion along the banks.
These improvements were delivered in a partnership between Middlesbrough Council and the Living Waterways Project.
Click the thumbnails to view the pictures of Bluebell Beck.
Photographs by Kenny Crooks and Rachel O’Sullivan