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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
This is the best place to find out the latest information about Canal & River Trust’s reservoirs. We’ll let you know how the glorious British weather affects reservoir levels and how this may impact our canals and rivers.
Water is a valuable resource and it’s important that we make the most of what we have. By monitoring the levels in our reservoirs we can plan for the future and minimise disruption to the canals in times of drought.
We monitor the water levels in every one of our reservoirs on a weekly basis. Each reservoir has gauge boards, which are read by waterway operatives and then entered into our central database. The water level is converted into a reservoir holding, which can tell us how full the reservoir is (in percentage terms).
Adam Comerford, our national hydrology manager explains: "By monitoring on the same day every week, throughout the year, we can calculate the change from one week to the next, and this helps us to understand how much water has gone into or out of a reservoir.
We use the reservoir holding information to manage our water resources, deciding which reservoir(s) to use to feed the canal at different periods in the boating season and whether to use alternative resources, such as pumps, to supplement the reservoir water. Our records show reservoir levels for every week going back over many years, so we can compare the current situation against historical years, including drought periods."
Reservoir Watch is updated around mid-month. The latest Reservoir Watch is here:
Latest Reservoir Watch
Previous versions of Reservoir Watch. The past 12 months are below:
Last date edited: 16 March 2018