Kielder Water Case Study

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The location of Kielder water was suitable because the river Tyne valley has a wide, flat bottom but steep sides; there is also a high annual rainfall in the valley: 1370 millimetres p.a. Furthermore, the land in the valley was chiefly farmland of low quality, so in this sense there was nothing highly important to lose. Wildlife habitats were not very diverse or rare in the location so there were not many wildlife habitats lost. Large deposits of boulders, sand and clay were found locally so quarries around the country would not have to be involved. For humans, there were only 58 families that dwelled in the valley so re-housing was neither drastic nor difficult.


By the construction of the artificial lake, the main environmental issues would probably come from the actual process of digging out and lining the reservoir – due to logistics. Large amounts of pollution would be created by trucks and excavators travelling back and forth. Moreover, the valley was an area of outstanding natural beauty so flooding it might have inhibited this; however it could be said that the creation of a lake enhanced it; creating a scenic body of water well suited to ospreys, for instance. One and a half million trees were cut down in order for the creation of the lake to go forward. In replacement, the main tree put in the artificial forest



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