Wrong water?

YOUR correspondent Mr Ricketts (Opinion 12.02.09) obviously has a great deal of experience and knowledge of the Severn Estuary. He points out that the sedimentary mud is likely to be a problem for whatever form of power generation is installed. We are tol

YOUR correspondent Mr Ricketts (Opinion 12.02.09) obviously has a great deal of experience and knowledge of the Severn Estuary. He points out that the sedimentary mud is likely to be a problem for whatever form of power generation is installed.

We are told the Severn Barrage can be compared to the barrage across the Rance estuary in France. If one cares to examine film or photographs of the Rance Barrage it is obvious the water flowing through the barrage is nowhere near as muddy as that in Severn. Mud is unlikely to be a problem there as it seems there is none. Perhaps the River Rance is a chalk stream similar to the Hampshire Avon?

It will be a shame if, shortly after the Severn Barrage has been completed, we learn the Severn has 'the wrong type of water'.

J LUXON


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