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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
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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
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
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The construction of the mooring area can take many forms dependent on the site conditions. Normally, a basin is separated from the waterway by a narrow mouth which has grooves for stop planks, thus allowing the basin to be isolated from the canal. To protect the integrity of our waterway, the width of the separating bank between the waterway and the mooring void must be adequate assuming that either the waterway is full and the void is dewatered or vice versa.
Refer also to the page Feasibility - Ground conditions of this website and Requirements for site investigations in this section.
Site conditions can vary from entirely impermeable clays through bands of materials such as sands and gravels overlying clays to disturbed, highly variable and contaminated ground as a result of previous land use.
It is essential that you can prove the structural integrity of the proposed mooring area. To do this you will need geotechnical information on ground strength and water retention - at and below the level to be excavated to. (This is not the same as information on the material to be excavated.)
Should the basin be over excavated to allow for the construction of the liner or for the removal of any materials contained underneath it, the geotechnical investigation and supporting calculations should be based on the differential head of water in the canal as measured above the excavated floor level of the basin.
At most mooring schemes which require excavation, it may be possible to landscape some of the excavated material on site to avoid the costs of disposal. The condition and cleanliness of the excavated material will determine whether it can be re-used on site or must be removed. Our local team can advise on the potential for transporting the spoil by water.
Procedures for assessing and handling contaminated soil are strictly regulated. Procedures which are laid down by Defra and the Environment Agency follow a risk assessment basis. The principles of investigation and remediation of contamination are the same as for any development site but potential contaminants from the soil must be prevented from leaching into the waters which are a sensitive receptor. Contaminating materials, including excavated contaminated soils, should not be stored or placed in areas subject to flooding.
Some contaminated soil may be 'cleaned' and re-used on site. The re-use or removal of excavated material is regulated by the Environment Agency and you are advised to consult with them at an early stage. It may also be subject to approvals of the local authority (planning and/or environmental health) dependant on the nature of the re-use and is an integral component of the planning application.
The potential impacts of opening up old basins and arms as part of any development must be considered since materials originally used to fill them may be contaminated. The creation of new pathways, landscaping etc on contaminated soil will also need careful design.
Refer to the references and links at the end of this page for more information on contamination.
Last date edited: 30 November 2015