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THE VERNIEW WATER SOHEME AND THE SEVERN FISHERY. At a meeting of the Board of Conservators of the Severn Fishery District, held at Shrewsbury on Tuesday, May 14, (a short notice of which we published last week), Mr. Willis in the chair. The Cr pMK fMd the following report My Lords and Gentlemen,—The number of salmon netted in February and March have been unusually good for the upper district. During the two months above named 109 salmon ere netted between Shrawardine and Pool Quay, of an average height of 18lbs. This is admitted by the fishermen to be the best catch of spring fish they have ever had since they have fished the river. Only 10 or 12 fish were taken in April on the Same water. Between Shrawardine and Cressage about 80 fish have been captured. The largest fish taken weighed 381bs. One salmon has been landed with the rod, above Ironhridge, the only fish caught, though one or two have been hooked in the Verniew Very few salmon have entered the Verniew this season so far, though they have been unusually abundant both below and above the mouth of the Verniew. Last year there Was an unusual number of salmon in the Verniew in April and May Up to the end of April this -Year, 119 salmon hav,e been captured above Shrawardine, and about 30 below. On visiting the Gas Works at Newtown, which are situated by the side of the Severn, in February last, I found the gravel by the river side strongly impregnated with tar, and on probing the gravel I found the tar extended a foot deep, and for a considerable breadth. It appeared that a crack had taken place in the wall of the tar well, which is built underneath the buildings of the Gas Works, and the tar and ammoniacal liquor had escaped through into the gravel by the side of the river. On calling the attention of the manager of the Gas Works to the matter, and requesting that the whole of the tar:impregnated gravel should be removed, he at once assented, and about 150 loads of gravel Vrere carted away-(thaking excellent side walks) and about 800 gallons of ammoniacal liquor pumped out of the hole from Miich the gravel was removed. This latter was sent away in tanks, being now extensively jised in the manufacture of chemical manures. Fortunately, the Severn was low at the time. Had a strong fresh, occurred before the tar and Strimoniacal liquor had been removed, the fish would have been killed for miles down the river. Operations have already been commenced at Llanwddyn for the proposed'Liverpool Water Works. A number of men aftd a steam engine are at work on trial holes for the rock, which has been found in several places. Rain gauges have been fixed in the vale and on the mountain. —ALFRBD GEORGE, Superintendent. Tanyfron, Meifod, May ll> 1878." The CHAIRMAN said, according to the instructions at the last Jteeting he had an interview, and asked what compensation the Liverpool Corporation would be prepared to give if they took •he water of the Verniew, and the nature of their scheme, and the Water Committee replied that they could do nothing, but they would like to know what the Board wanted. He said it Was impossible to say what they wanted until they knew what their scheme "was. No person would feel himself capable of Haming a sum until they had the plans. When their plans were Jorked out the Board would know more of the details of it. The Corporation replied that that would be done during the Coming summer, and that they had already made a commence- ment, as would be seen by the report. The Town Clerk also ?*id that he would willingly show any members of the Board in ^hitsun-week over the ground. Mr. WATTON said the question seemed to him to be a most im- portant one, because so far as he could ascertain from the report ISsued by the Liverpool Corporation, it was proposed to divert the entire waters of the Verniew from the Severn, and to abstract |P.000,000 gallons per day from their reservoir at Llanwddyn. few years ago it was ascertained, by a caieful test that 000,000 gallons of water flowed daily over the weir at Diglis below Worcester, and if this1 scheme waS to lessen the volume of Jater by one-fourth, and every town on the banks of the river con- tmued to pour in the Same amount of savage as now finds its into the stream, they could easily imagine what sUte tl ^evern would be in. The proposed scheme would be absolutely destructive to the Severn as a salmon river, for it would no* £ ?ly dperive it of the winter and spring floods, which enabled he salmon to get over the weirs and run up the river, but It JJould deprive it of the summer floods which enabled the salmon to get down over the weirs to the sea again. He Jhd not know whether the towns of Worcester and Gloucester had taken any steps as yet, but he felt sure that if the scheme ever became law, the Severn as a breeding river for salmon ^ould become extinct. He thbught it important for the Board to ascertain the views of the Corporations and others interested 14 the salmon fishery throughout the Severn Valley, so that an Organized opposition to the scheme could, if necessary, be put force. It would also, he thought be desirable for the Board to ascertain, during the ensuing summer, the depth of the river at a considerable number of places along the Severn valley, so as to be in a position to calculate what amount of •hjury would be inflicted by the reduction of the stream by one fourth its volume, and the amount of water compensation they }"ould require to keep the Severn to its normal height. Even rro_m a sanitary point of view the scheme would be a most in- ^rioug one, and he trusted it would meet with the strongest *^r R. HARiNGTON said he was opposed to the scheme, and ^Sgested ioint action against it on the part of the Local Boards Illid Corporate Bodies of those towns which were situate on the tiver. It was then moved by Mr. WATTON, seconded by Mr. COMBES, carried That a communication" be addressed to thq, Jhfferent Corporations, Local Boards, and individuals likely to a affected by the Liverpool ater Scheme, and others, to seertain their views en the subject, with a view to united action It was^also resolved, on the motion of the CHAIRMAN, by Sir R. HARINGTON, That a superintendent be ^Pointed for the Estuary Fisheries, and it be referred to the 5**ecutive Committee to take the necessary steps to secure a j. °Per person to fill the office, subject to the approval of the to appoint an officer and fix his salary and duties.


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