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NB Environment Agency refer to left and right banks as going UPSTREAM
Thursday 25 May 2017 until further notice Iffley Reach Emergency closure of the southern navigation channel and arch at Folly Bridge, Oxford. A large piece of concrete has fallen into the river and this is now lying 2 feet below the water’s surface. The obstruction is marked with marker buoys.
AtFI0mtMMoYsDElhPMLw==Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable( http://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35BNRF-4NRY3-0/c.aspx )Water levels in the upper River ThamesWater levels in the upper River Thames, particularly upstream of Abing=don lock, will be shallower than you are used to in some places, due t=o below average rainfall this year.With this in mind we are asking boaters to take extra care, especially= immediately downstream of locks where the natural gradient of the riv=er means levels are always slightly lower than elsewhere in the reach.For your safety, we have marked all known shallow areas in the main na=vigation channel (the middle third of the river, also known as the =E2==80=98fairway=E2=80=99) with red and green buoys. Please ensure you ar=e familiar with the rules of navigation around obstructions marked in =this way - they are there to protect you and your boat from harm. You =may find the diagram on page 13 of the River Thames cruising guide ( h=ttp://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35BNRF-4NSD5-0/c.aspx ) help=ful.Remember, boats coming towards you may have to manoeuvre around an obs=truction even if you don=E2=80=99t. Also, other boats may be harder to= handle than yours, and their skippers less experienced, so please be =considerate.Where we can, we will also mark obstructions that we are aware of, or =are reported to us, outside of the main navigation channel. We cannot =mark every one however, so do please be vigilant. You can report an ob=struction to us on 03708 506 506. Please also remember that a mooring =may be shallower than the last time you used it.We are doing all that we can to maintain the depths of navigation as p=ublished on www.gov.uk ( http://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35=BNRF-4NSD6-0/c.aspx ).Actions we are taking include closing all our weirs and placing =E2=80==98summer boards=E2=80=99 on those that can accommodate them to raise =their height. This means we can hold more water back, so raising level=s. We are also carrying out additional checks for any leaks in our wei=r gates and ensuring they are staunched.In addition, we have instructed our lock staff in the Oxford area to t=ry to avoid emptying locks unless they contain at least one boat, wher=ever possible. This ensures we are making the most of the considerable= volume of water that is released downstream each time a lock is used.If water levels continue to drop, it will be increasingly difficult fo=r us to maintain depths, even if we implement additional measures such= as restricted lock use. We hope to avoid the need for additional meas=ures but may not be able to unless there is significant rainfall over =the coming weeks.Where possible we will also ask our lock staff to advise you of any kn=own shallow areas ahead of you. To help you assess whether or not to c=ontinue your journey, you may want to check your boat=E2=80=99s draft =if you don=E2=80=99t already know it. Above Iffley Lock we cannot guar=antee the navigation channel will always be sufficiently deep for craf=t with a draft of 0.9m or more.We are of course monitoring the situation very closely and will let yo=u know immediately if there are any further developments you need to b=e aware of.We hope you have found this communication helpful in planning your cru=ising this summer, and hope it is not unduly affected by weather condi=tions.Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.River Thames Waterway OperationsContact us ( enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk ) =C2=A0=C2=AtFI0mtMMoYsDElhPMLw==Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable( http://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35BNRF-4NRY3-0/c.aspx )Water levels in the upper River ThamesWater levels in the upper River Thames, particularly upstream of Abing=don lock, will be shallower than you are used to in some places, due t=o below average rainfall this year.With this in mind we are asking boaters to take extra care, especially= immediately downstream of locks where the natural gradient of the riv=er means levels are always slightly lower than elsewhere in the reach.For your safety, we have marked all known shallow areas in the main na=vigation channel (the middle third of the river, also known as the =E2==80=98fairway=E2=80=99) with red and green buoys. Please ensure you ar=e familiar with the rules of navigation around obstructions marked in =this way - they are there to protect you and your boat from harm. You =may find the diagram on page 13 of the River Thames cruising guide ( h=ttp://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35BNRF-4NSD5-0/c.aspx ) help=ful.Remember, boats coming towards you may have to manoeuvre around an obs=truction even if you don=E2=80=99t. Also, other boats may be harder to= handle than yours, and their skippers less experienced, so please be =considerate.Where we can, we will also mark obstructions that we are aware of, or =are reported to us, outside of the main navigation channel. We cannot =mark every one however, so do please be vigilant. You can report an ob=struction to us on 03708 506 506. Please also remember that a mooring =may be shallower than the last time you used it.We are doing all that we can to maintain the depths of navigation as p=ublished on www.gov.uk ( http://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35=BNRF-4NSD6-0/c.aspx ).Actions we are taking include closing all our weirs and placing =E2=80==98summer boards=E2=80=99 on those that can accommodate them to raise =their height. This means we can hold more water back, so raising level=s. We are also carrying out additional checks for any leaks in our wei=r gates and ensuring they are staunched.In addition, we have instructed our lock staff in the Oxford area to t=ry to avoid emptying locks unless they contain at least one boat, wher=ever possible. This ensures we are making the most of the considerable= volume of water that is released downstream each time a lock is used.If water levels continue to drop, it will be increasingly difficult fo=r us to maintain depths, even if we implement additional measures such= as restricted lock use. We hope to avoid the need for additional meas=ures but may not be able to unless there is significant rainfall over =the coming weeks.Where possible we will also ask our lock staff to advise you of any kn=own shallow areas ahead of you. To help you assess whether or not to c=ontinue your journey, you may want to check your boat=E2=80=99s draft =if you don=E2=80=99t already know it. Above Iffley Lock we cannot guar=antee the navigation channel will always be sufficiently deep for craf=t with a draft of 0.9m or more.We are of course monitoring the situation very closely and will let yo=u know immediately if there are any further developments you need to b=e aware of.We hope you have found this communication helpful in planning your cru=ising this summer, and hope it is not unduly affected by weather condi=tions.Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.River Thames Waterway OperationsContact us ( enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk ) =C2=A0=C2=tFI0mtMMoYsDElhPMLw==Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable( http://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35BNRF-4NRY3-0/c.aspx )Water levels in the upper River ThamesWater levels in the upper River Thames, particularly upstream of Abing=don lock, will be shallower than you are used to in some places, due t=o below average rainfall this year.With this in mind we are asking boaters to take extra care, especially= immediately downstream of locks where the natural gradient of the riv=er means levels are always slightly lower than elsewhere in the reach.For your safety, we have marked all known shallow areas in the main na=vigation channel (the middle third of the river, also known as the =E2==80=98fairway=E2=80=99) with red and green buoys. Please ensure you ar=e familiar with the rules of navigation around obstructions marked in =this way - they are there to protect you and your boat from harm. You =may find the diagram on page 13 of the River Thames cruising guide ( h=ttp://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35BNRF-4NSD5-0/c.aspx ) help=ful.Remember, boats coming towards you may have to manoeuvre around an obs=truction even if you don=E2=80=99t. Also, other boats may be harder to= handle than yours, and their skippers less experienced, so please be =considerate.Where we can, we will also mark obstructions that we are aware of, or =are reported to us, outside of the main navigation channel. We cannot =mark every one however, so do please be vigilant. You can report an ob=struction to us on 03708 506 506. Please also remember that a mooring =may be shallower than the last time you used it.We are doing all that we can to maintain the depths of navigation as p=ublished on www.gov.uk ( http://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35=BNRF-4NSD6-0/c.aspx ).Actions we are taking include closing all our weirs and placing =E2=80==98summer boards=E2=80=99 on those that can accommodate them to raise =their height. This means we can hold more water back, so raising level=s. We are also carrying out additional checks for any leaks in our wei=r gates and ensuring they are staunched.In addition, we have instructed our lock staff in the Oxford area to t=ry to avoid emptying locks unless they contain at least one boat, wher=ever possible. This ensures we are making the most of the considerable= volume of water that is released downstream each time a lock is used.If water levels continue to drop, it will be increasingly difficult fo=r us to maintain depths, even if we implement additional measures such= as restricted lock use. We hope to avoid the need for additional meas=ures but may not be able to unless there is significant rainfall over =the coming weeks.Where possible we will also ask our lock staff to advise you of any kn=own shallow areas ahead of you. To help you assess whether or not to c=ontinue your journey, you may want to check your boat=E2=80=99s draft =if you don=E2=80=99t already know it. Above Iffley Lock we cannot guar=antee the navigation channel will always be sufficiently deep for craf=t with a draft of 0.9m or more.We are of course monitoring the situation very closely and will let yo=u know immediately if there are any further developments you need to b=e aware of.We hope you have found this communication helpful in planning your cru=ising this summer, and hope it is not unduly affected by weather condi=tions.Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.River Thames Waterway OperationsContact us ( enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk ) =C2=A0=C2
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Water levels in the upper River Thames, particularly up=stream of Abingdon lock, will be shallower than you are used to in som=e places, due to below average rainfall this year.

 

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With this in mind we are asking bo=aters to take extra care, especially immediately downstream of locks w=here the natural gradient of the river means levels are always slightl=y lower than elsewhere in the reach.

 

For your safety, we have marked all known shallo=w areas in the main navigation channel (the middle third of the river,= also known as the =E2=80=98fairway=E2=80=99) with red and green buoys=. Please ensure you are familiar with the rules of navigation around o=bstructions marked in this way - they are there to protect you and you=r boat from harm. You may find the diagram on page 13 of the River Thame=s cruising guide helpful.

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Remember, boats coming towards you may have to manoeuvr=e around an obstruction even if you don=E2=80=99t. Also, other boats m=ay be harder to handle than yours, and their skippers less experienced=, so please be considerate.

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Where we can, we will also mark obstructions that we are =aware of, or are reported to us, outside of the main navigation channe=l. We cannot mark every one however, so do please be vigilant. You can= report an obstruction to us on 03708 506 506. Please also remember th=at a mooring may be shallower than the last time you used it.

 

We are doing all that w=e can to maintain the depths of navigation as published on www.gov.uk<=/a>.

 

Actions we= are taking include closing all our weirs and placing =E2=80=98summer =boards=E2=80=99 on those that can accommodate them to raise their heig=ht. This means we can hold more water back, so raising levels. We are =also carrying out additional checks for any leaks in our weir gates an=d ensuring they are staunched.

In addition, we have instructed our lock staff in the =Oxford area to try to avoid emptying locks unless they contain at leas=t one boat, wherever possible. This ensures we are making the most of =the considerable volume of water that is released downstream each time= a lock is used.

 

If water levels continue to drop, it will be increasingly difficult =for us to maintain depths, even if we implement additional measures su=ch as restricted lock use. We hope to avoid the need for additional me=asures but may not be able to unless there is significant rainfall ove=r the coming weeks.

 

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Where possible we will also ask our lock staff to advise you of a=ny known shallow areas ahead of you. To help you assess whether or not= to continue your journey, you may want to check your boat=E2=80=99s d=raft if you don=E2=80=99t already know it. Above Iffley Lock we cannot= guarantee the navigation channel will always be sufficiently deep for= craft with a draft of 0.9m or more.

 

We are of course monitoring the situation very c=losely and will let you know immediately if there are any further deve=lopments you need to be aware of.

We hope you have found this communication helpful i=n planning your cruising this summer, and hope it is not unduly affect=ed by weather conditions.

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Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

 

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Water levels in the upper River Thames, particularly up=stream of Abingdon lock, will be shallower than you are used to in som=e places, due to below average rainfall this year.

 

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With this in mind we are asking bo=aters to take extra care, especially immediately downstream of locks w=here the natural gradient of the river means levels are always slightl=y lower than elsewhere in the reach.

 

For your safety, we have marked all known shallo=w areas in the main navigation channel (the middle third of the river,= also known as the =E2=80=98fairway=E2=80=99) with red and green buoys=. Please ensure you are familiar with the rules of navigation around o=bstructions marked in this way - they are there to protect you and you=r boat from harm. You may find the diagram on page 13 of the River Thame=s cruising guide helpful.

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Remember, boats coming towards you may have to manoeuvr=e around an obstruction even if you don=E2=80=99t. Also, other boats m=ay be harder to handle than yours, and their skippers less experienced=, so please be considerate.

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Where we can, we will also mark obstructions that we are =aware of, or are reported to us, outside of the main navigation channe=l. We cannot mark every one however, so do please be vigilant. You can= report an obstruction to us on 03708 506 506. Please also remember th=at a mooring may be shallower than the last time you used it.

 

We are doing all that w=e can to maintain the depths of navigation as published on www.gov.uk<=/a>.

 

Actions we= are taking include closing all our weirs and placing =E2=80=98summer =boards=E2=80=99 on those that can accommodate them to raise their heig=ht. This means we can hold more water back, so raising levels. We are =also carrying out additional checks for any leaks in our weir gates an=d ensuring they are staunched.

In addition, we have instructed our lock staff in the =Oxford area to try to avoid emptying locks unless they contain at leas=t one boat, wherever possible. This ensures we are making the most of =the considerable volume of water that is released downstream each time= a lock is used.

 

If water levels continue to drop, it will be increasingly difficult =for us to maintain depths, even if we implement additional measures su=ch as restricted lock use. We hope to avoid the need for additional me=asures but may not be able to unless there is significant rainfall ove=r the coming weeks.

 

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Where possible we will also ask our lock staff to advise you of a=ny known shallow areas ahead of you. To help you assess whether or not= to continue your journey, you may want to check your boat=E2=80=99s d=raft if you don=E2=80=99t already know it. Above Iffley Lock we cannot= guarantee the navigation channel will always be sufficiently deep for= craft with a draft of 0.9m or more.

 

We are of course monitoring the situation very c=losely and will let you know immediately if there are any further deve=lopments you need to be aware of.

We hope you have found this communication helpful i=n planning your cruising this summer, and hope it is not unduly affect=ed by weather conditions.

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Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

 

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=20 3D"" --=-paAtFI0mtMmtMMoYsDElhPMLw== Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable ( http://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35BNRF-4NRY3-0/c.aspx ) Water levels in the upper River Thames Water levels in the upper River Thames, particularly upstream of Abing= don lock, will be shallower than you are used to in some places, due t= o below average rainfall this year. With this in mind we are asking boaters to take extra care, especially= immediately downstream of locks where the natural gradient of the riv= er means levels are always slightly lower than elsewhere in the reach. For your safety, we have marked all known shallow areas in the main na= vigation channel (the middle third of the river, also known as the =E2= =80=98fairway=E2=80=99) with red and green buoys. Please ensure you ar= e familiar with the rules of navigation around obstructions marked in = this way - they are there to protect you and your boat from harm. You = may find the diagram on page 13 of the River Thames cruising guide ( h= ttp://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35BNRF-4NSD5-0/c.aspx ) help= ful. Remember, boats coming towards you may have to manoeuvre around an obs= truction even if you don=E2=80=99t. Also, other boats may be harder to= handle than yours, and their skippers less experienced, so please be = considerate. Where we can, we will also mark obstructions that we are aware of, or = are reported to us, outside of the main navigation channel. We cannot = mark every one however, so do please be vigilant. You can report an ob= struction to us on 03708 506 506. Please also remember that a mooring = may be shallower than the last time you used it. We are doing all that we can to maintain the depths of navigation as p= ublished on www.gov.uk ( http://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-8BJF-35= BNRF-4NSD6-0/c.aspx ). Actions we are taking include closing all our weirs and placing =E2=80= =98summer boards=E2=80=99 on those that can accommodate them to raise = their height. This means we can hold more water back, so raising level= s. We are also carrying out additional checks for any leaks in our wei= r gates and ensuring they are staunched. In addition, we have instructed our lock staff in the Oxford area to t= ry to avoid emptying locks unless they contain at least one boat, wher= ever possible. This ensures we are making the most of the considerable= volume of water that is released downstream each time a lock is used. If water levels continue to drop, it will be increasingly difficult fo= r us to maintain depths, even if we implement additional measures such= as restricted lock use. We hope to avoid the need for additional meas= ures but may not be able to unless there is significant rainfall over = the coming weeks. Where possible we will also ask our lock staff to advise you of any kn= own shallow areas ahead of you. To help you assess whether or not to c= ontinue your journey, you may want to check your boat=E2=80=99s draft = if you don=E2=80=99t already know it. Above Iffley Lock we cannot guar= antee the navigation channel will always be sufficiently deep for craf= t with a draft of 0.9m or more. We are of course monitoring the situation very closely and will let yo= u know immediately if there are any further developments you need to b= e aware of. We hope you have found this communication helpful in planning your cru= ising this summer, and hope it is not unduly affected by weather condi= tions. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. River Thames Waterway Operations Contact us ( enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk ) =C2=A0=C2Rowing Diary:
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