- On 15th September 2016
- In Dredging, Ecology, Sediment Management, Water Management
- By William
Exo Environmental are working alongside our longstanding Dutch engineering Associates, Netics, who have been awarded a contract to provide consultancy services and manage a four year dredging and restoration project on behalf of Natural England, involving the dredging of +50,000 m3 of sediment from within Hoveton Great Broad, Norfolk.
The overall aim of this project is to reduce the nutrient loading within the water body in order to achieve compliance with the EU Water Framework Directive and as is often the case with dredging works, solutions for sediment disposal / beneficial reuse are the key to the project’s success.
At Hoveton Great Broad, we are aiming to permanently store the dredged sediment within geotextile tubes, which through successive filling cycles, will allows us to create three areas suitable to allow the formation of marsh and reed bed habitat. In addition to the habitat creation this work will also benefit the Broad through the process of fragmentation, which will in effect, reduce wind-induced fetch that has previously led to relatively high levels of erosion.
On the 13th September, Natural England, Netics and Exo Environmental conducted a site visit alongside potential dredging contractors, providing an opportune time to cement good working relationships, discuss the project design and optimise the works. In the coming months, Natural England aim to select a contractor, finalise licensing requirements and come November, get dredging!
Hoveton Wetlands Restoration Project is part-funded through the EU Life Bringing the Bure Back to Life Project (Life14/NAT/UK/000054).