The Upper Derwent Valley is the home of a group of important Reservoirs, Howden, Derwent and Ladybower. They are fed by water from the surrounding moors of Derbyshire a location known to be ‘rather wet’.
Over the past few weeks we have had a considerable amount of rain, flooding in some places, but after the dry summer which extended through to spring it is obviously not enough.
The image above is of Howden Reservoir, the highest of the three, as you can see it is still very low. It has now been so low for so long that the dormant vegetation has taken temporarily over. There is a long way to go before it reached its normal waterline and with summer on the way it has to be worrying.
Back in November we visited the Reservoirs and were concerned about the low water levels… as a reminder here is Derwent Reservoir back in the autumn. Back then we expected the water levels to quickly rise over the winter…they didn’t
We may not enjoy the rain…. but it is patently obvious we need a good deal more
(C) David Oakes 2019