Only a few weeks after an exhausting effort to clear flood debris from the fish pass at Niagara weir on the River Don, another spate set things back to square one in July 2012. The local volunteers of the community group SPRITE set to work again and, along with their multiple additional works, become part of a long legacy of groups and heroic individuals from Yorkshire who have helped this post industrial river onto a fragile recovery path. It is significant that these works are going on at a time of great political pressure for widespread adoption of low-energy producing and ecologically damaging micro- hydropower schemes. These give a financial imperative to retain the impounding barriers in their entirety and also limit the efficacy of fish passes.
As well as the volunteers who all gave their time for free on this working party, thanks also go to John Pearson for composing, producing and mastering the musical score. John also provided his studio for a day to record and master the voiceover - again free of charge.
Finally, thanks to Sheffield City Council who donated funding to cover materials and insurance to the central SPRITE funds. Any surplus will be re-invested by SPRITE into their community project work.
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