Palmers Dam on the River Harbourne... As a result of flooding in 2002 Palmer's Dam and the river-widening scheme was completed on the River Harbourne. The dam is located half a mile upstream from the village. The scheme, cost £2m and was engineered by the Environment Agency. The Dam is named after the late Ken Palmer, a local farmer who provided the land for it. The scheme which has two main features - 1- An upstream flood storage reservoir, and 2 - flood defence works through the villagethe scheme has reduced the risk of flooding to a minimum of once in 40 years. A nature reserve has been created in the surrounding land which was used during construction works and in the flood plains.The floodplain is planted with various native trees and enlivened by shallow lakes and varied wetland flora. The entrance is a locked gate and a side gate leads to a small enclosed viewing bench.This camera was installed and is maintained by the Environment Agency and can be viewed here.
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The Harbourne River is a river in Devon in England. Its estuary is known as Bow Creek, and flows into the River Dart near Stoke Gabriel. The river rises on the slopes of Gripper's Hill on Dean Moor on Dartmoor. From the source it flows generally south east, under the A38 road, to the village of Harberton. There it turns south, then east through Harbertonford to the hamlet of Bow near Ashprington. Below Bow the river is tidal, and becomes Bow Creek. Two miles below Bow, the estuary joins the Dart. The hamlet of Tuckenhay lies on the south bank of Bow Creek. There was a history of milling on the river. From the late 18th century there was a woollen mill at Harbertonford, fed by a leat from a weir upstream of the village. Until flood defence works were completed in 2002, the river caused periodic flooding at Harbertonford. The river gives its name to Harbourne Blue, a goat's cheese made near Ashprington.