Plans unveiled to improve Verulamium lakes in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 19:00 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 07 November 2017

Verulamium lake aerial view.

Verulamium lake aerial view.

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Dramatic plans to improve the ornamental lakes in Verulamium Park are to be explained to the public.

The long-term project by St Albans council aims to improve the water quality of the River Ver as it flows through Verulamium Park to Sopwell Mill Farm.

A series of web pages have been launched to explain the project as it unfolds.

The park’s artificial lakes were built more than 80 years ago and suffer from poor water quality. Over the years, thousands of tonnes of silt have built up in the lake, which is unsightly, sparks algae blooms, gives off unpleasant smells and can produce bacteria which is harmful to birds. The intake of fresh water from the Ver is irregular and slow.

Local consultants AECOM are carrying out a feasibility study into options to improve the river and lakes, the likely impact and the costs involved.

The web pages are viewable at http://bit.ly/2hqdIfd.

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