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Facilitation Fish Migration above the Discharge Sill Located on the Ialomiţa River Near Cave Ialomicioara

Abstract

Longitudinal connectivity restoration of watercourses is a major duty for scientists (biologists, hydro engineers, chemists etc.) that, by the means of technical exchange via conferences, projects, workshops, universities, and institutions demonstrate the major importance of a natural (non-anthropic) function of the lotic ecosystems. On the Ialomiţa River, the discharge sills located downstream from Padina chalet block the migration of some fish species, such as the brown trout (Salmo trutta) and the bullhead (Cottus gobio), prohibiting access to foraging areas and springs. Water Framework Directive 60/2000 / EC provides a legal framework for restoring “good status” of longitudinal and lateral connectivity of watercourses. Our proposed solution I can be applied to other discharge sills and dams sized between 3m and 6m high, and, where feasible can utilize existing power sources of some discharge sills. Solution II’s concepts allow the dimples inside the concrete plate to serve as a rest and recovery area for migratory species. Such benefits that ensure upstream/downstream fish migration while allowing discharge management to continue is unattainable in conventional systems. After solution II is applied the discharge sill does not lose any baseline characteristics while maintaining the original hydro-technical design objective, flood dissipation.

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