- River Lee Flood Relief Channel
The River Lee Flood Relief Channel (FRC) is located in the
Lee Valleyand flows between Ware, Hertfordshireand Stratford, East London. Work started on the channel in 1947 following major flooding and was fully operational by 1976[ [http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/commondata/acrobat/summary_ll_1459052.pdf Environment Agency] Retrieved 11-10-2007] . The channel incorporates existing watercourses, lakes and new channels.
Hertfordshire and Essex
Marking the start of the FRC at Ware, the channel is incorporated into the
River Lee Navigation. Flowing through Hardmead Lock and Stanstead Lockwhich have had automatic sluice gates installed to cope with high water levels. At Feildes Weira parallel channel has been constructed. The channel now skirts the 120 acre Glen Faba Lake and then under Dobbs Weir Road before entering the North Lagoon of the Nazeing Meads lake complex and leaving at the South Lagoon at Nazeing Weir. Continuing under Nazeing Road B194 the channel flows into Holyfield Lake and out through Holyfield Weir. Going under Stubbins Hall Lane and it merges with Old River Leaat Fishers Green. Skirting Seventy Acres lake and then Hooks Marsh Lake. The channel is now incorporated into the Horsemill Stream, known as Waltons Walk. The water forms a natural boundary with the Royal Gunpowder Millsas it passes through the computer controlled radial gates of the David Stoker sluiceas it nears Waltham Abbey. Now flowing parallel with the River Lee Navigationand only yards apart, the channel flows firstly under the A121 roadand then under the M25 motorwayto be joined by Cobbins Brook.
The channel crosses Rammey Marsh and then forms the eastern boundary with the former
Royal Small Arms Factorywhich is now a housing development known as Enfield Island Village. Further downstream the channel merges with the River Leato become the man-made, concrete banked River Lee Diversionas it skirts the King George V Reservoirthe first of the Lee Valley Reservoir Chain, and then the William Girling Reservoir. The river forms the boundary with Enfieldand Waltham Forestand the historical boundary between Middlesexand Essex. Flowing under the North Circular Roadand close to Banbury Reservoirwhere it splits from the River Lee Diversion. Crossing Tottenham Marshesand passing close to the Lockwood Reservoir, High Maynard Reservoirand Low Maynard Reservoir. Flowing firstly under Forest Road A503 roadand then the Gospel Oak to Barking linebefore skirting the Walthamstow Reservoirsclose to Walthamstow Marshes. Passing under Coppermill Lane before flowing under the Victoria Lineand the Lea Valley Line as the channel approaches Lea Bridge Road, A104 road. Flowing across Hackney Marshesand close to the New Spitalfields Market. Passing under the Eastwayroad and then flowing under A115 roadto meet the City Mill Riverbelow Carpenters Road Lock Stratford. The channel joins the Old River Leaand flows into the River Lee Navigation below Old Ford Lock.
The river feeds water to some of the
Lee Valley Reservoir Chain[ [http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~mjneves/publicacoes_files/data/es/ponencias/por_autor/pdf/10109.pdf Reservoir information page 3] Retrieved November 06, 2007]
* [http://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/EN/default.aspx?n1=3&n2=18&n3=52 Glen Faba lakes]
* [http://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/EN/default.aspx?n1=3&n2=188&n3=53 Nazeing Meads lakes]
* [http://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/en/content/cms/wildlife/Conservation/Conservation.aspx Seventy Acres lake-Conservation Project]
* [http://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/en/content/cms/Leisure/Angling/Waltons_Walk/Waltons_Walk.aspx Waltons Walk fishery]
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