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St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007
(Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)

Photos by Joe Bridge - www.joebridge.co.uk
e-mail : joe@joebridge.co.uk
 
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007
 

Despite liberal lashings of rain, swollen rivers and a soggy festival site, staff at the Environment Agency are determined to make this year’s IWA Festival a success. Some 500 boats and 30,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Cambridgeshire town of St Ives over the August 2007 Bank Holiday weekend, for the largest annual inland waterways event in the country.

River inspectors have been working extra hours ferrying water, food and fuel to boaters who were unable to navigate while Strong Stream Advice was in place on the Rivers Nene and Great Ouse and extra staff have been deployed to locks to help manage the extra boat traffic and avoid congestion along the route to the festival. The River Inspectors have also taken part in a clean up of the river Great Ouse around Huntingdon and St Neots and came away with around 40 bags full of rubbish as well as eight shopping trolleys! A clean up around St Ives is also planned before the festival.

Meanwhile on the festival site, IWA staff are busy setting up the site and the various marquees, including the AINA (Association of Inland Navigation Authorities) marquee, where festival visitors can come and learn about the varied work of the Environment Agency and other navigation authorities.

Inside the marquee staff from the Environment Agency’s waterways team will be on hand to answer questions and give advice, and boaters can pick up a copy of the brand new navigation guide for the River Nene. Visitors will also be able to watch an interactive story of the River Great Ouse, and children can make badges and design their own duck hats under the watchful supervision of the Environment Agency team.

Outside the marquee fisheries experts will be showcasing their mobile fishtank – full of fish that can be found in local waterways - and answering questions about fishing. The staff from the Environment Agency’s Biodiversity team will be bringing along a selection of ‘bugs and grubs’ along with their new microscope so that visitors can take a closer look at some of the creepy crawlies.

Members of the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Management team will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the new St Ives and Hemingfords flood alleviation scheme, which was officially opened in June 2007.

John Adams, regional waterways manager said: 'Despite some really bad weather we have been pulling out all the stops to make sure that the IWA Festival is a success. Our river inspectors have been constantly monitoring water levels and keeping boaters across Anglian region updated with the latest information. The event staff have also been working particularly hard to make sure that there will be plenty of interesting things to see and do in the Environment Agency area over the festival weekend.'

Paul Woodcock, Regional Director said: ‘We are delighted to welcome the IWA Festival onto Environment Agency managed waters for a second year. Although we have been faced with some very challenging weather conditions in recent months we have been working flat out to make sure that boaters coming to the festival have an enjoyable trip.'

   
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

 

 

St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)
St Ives Water Festival 25-27 August 2007 (Environment Agency Water Festival 2007 at St Ives)

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