warns Severn barrage could create flooding in Burnham area
a Severn barrage across the Bristol Channel near Burnham-On-Sea
could increase the risk of flooding and adversely affect wildlife,
the RSPB has claimed this week.
conservation charity has made comparisons to a storm surge barrier
across an estuary in the Netherlands to illustrate what it says
are the "potential risks."
went on to say that a barrage across the Severn estuary would
"devastate the estuary" and also lead to increasing
erosion and higher water levels which, in turn, could make shipping
channels difficult to navigate.
group's comments come as the Department of Energy and Climate
Change (DECC) continues to examine the viability of a Severn tidal
scheme running between Brean Down, near Burnham, to Lavernock
Point in Wales.
Conservation Director Mark Avery told BBC News: "Although
smaller, the Oosterschelde barrier is very similar to the Severn
Estuary in many ways and it is being damaged beyond repair."
have long said the government should invest in innovative schemes
which offer the potential to put the UK and UK engineering at
the forefront of tidal power without the risk of floods, loss
of wildlife and livelihoods," he said.
tidal power scheme could generate up to 5% of the UK's electricity
- as much renewable electricity as we produced in 2008 across
all renewable technologies.
reported last year how a
shortlist of schemes is being considered for the estuary,
but the scheme could be threatened by budget cuts.