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New Section 48 Project Description_ Environmental Information Report

New Section 48 Project Description_ Environmental Information Report

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2.3.1

There would be a reduction in the extent, and some consolidation, of
approximately 6ha of subtidal and intertidal habitat and associated
temporary reduction in the extent of habitat for fish and invertebrates due
to the presence of temporary structures in the river. However, at a project-
wide scale this is considered to be of no more than minor significance.
Measures would be put in place to ensure that the removal of temporary
structures would enable the intertidal habitat to be restored following

2 Project-wide effects

Section 48: Project description and
environmental information report

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completion of construction. Following this restoration and removal of
temporary structures the intertidal and subtidal habitats are expected to
recover and be available for colonisation by fish, invertebrates and algae.

2.3.2

There is potential for some disruption of fish movement (particularly
juvenile fish) due to the occupation of the intertidal zone by temporary
structures. However, bespoke modelling of fish movements through the
estuary demonstrates that effects would be negligible, and in some
locations the structures would benefit fish migration by offering refuges
against tidal currents. There would be a further modification or loss of
habitat associated with the installation of scour protection.

2.3.3

One of the most far-reaching significant beneficial effects of the project is
that predicted on fish populations, realised through a reduction in
wastewater entering the River Thames and a consequent reduction in the
occurrence of low dissolved oxygen related fish mortalities.

2.3.4

There would also be beneficial effects on river habitats and the River
Thames and Tidal Tributaries Site of Metropolitan Importance due to
improvement in habitat quality.

2.3.5

Benefits would include an increase in the distribution of pollution sensitive
fish species and an improvement in the quality of foraging habitat in the
medium-term (six years and upwards).

2.3.6

In the medium-term (six years and upwards)there would be improvements
in invertebrate populations as a result of improved dissolved oxygen and
reductions in ammonia.

2.3.7

The potential for disruption of fish movement (particularly juvenile fish) due
to the occupation of the intertidal zone by permanent structures is not
expected to be significant, and in some locations the structures would
benefit fish migration.

2.3.8

There would be a loss of approximately 1.3ha of subtidal and intertidal
habitat due to the presence of permanent structures in the river. Itis
anticipated that this effect would be offset by a combination of quantitative
and qualitative habitat enhancements and habitat creation/compensation
schemes.

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