River Tarrant & Its Villages River Tarrant
The River Tarrant is deemed a ‘winterborne’ by Wessex Water, drying out in summer. However, this classification normally applies more to the river from Tarrant Hinton northerly: the river usually runs all year from Tarrant Monkton, with contributary streams joining it at Monkton ford.
The River Tarrant has been running well all year, due to a wet Spring & Summer. However, heavy downpours have occasionally caused rafts of weed to break loose and float down river.
The River Tarrant has been dry in Tarrant Monkton since July. It is flowing at Tarrant Rawston and further south. The RTPS asked for funds to commission an investigation on the validity of surveys that had been carried in the past on the problem of low-flow, and whether abstraction from the two pumping stations at Stubhampton and Shapwick was in fact the partial cause. Plans are also going ahead to make it less difficult for the spawning salmon and trout to surmount several obstacles, and it is possible that some of these may be ready for the 2012 spawning season.