Fish love my tidegates! (They're Speechless)
So What's the Problem?
Traditional tide gates on sloughs, creeks and other watercourses obstruct fish passage and significantly diminish water quality upstream from the tide gate when there is little or no flow from upstream. Water on the upstream side of the tide gate is stagnant with low dissolved oxygen levels, excessively high temperatures in the summer, and higher levels of contamination. In addition, during low flow periods the water temperature and salinity can be dramatically different on the upstream and downstream side of the tide gate.
Existing self regulating tide gates (SRT)s are more complicated than necessary, do not always operate as intended, and can be rather expensive. The entities responsible for the operation of existing SRTs may not have the resources, knowledge, or sufficient motivation to assure that an SRT is operating properly. The people responsible for an SRT may not be capable of finding a reasonable balance between providing flood protection and facilitating drainage, and allowing fish passage, improving water quality, and preserving and protecting the affected wetlands.
And the solution is… Juel Tide Gates and The Variable Backflow Flap Gate System - VBFGTM Control Mechanism!
With the VBFGTM control mechanism, a tide gate can allow any amount of backflow during the flood tide. It is incredibly simple, very reliable, and the mechanism is fail-safe. The control mechanism can be set so that the drainage upstream is filled to a prescribed water level on the flood tides. When the water level is reached, the tide gate closes - like magic. Changing the setting to increase or decrease the water level is simple.
Tide Gates and the Neolithic Revolution
A detailed explanation of how diking and drainage (with tide gates) may have been responsible for the Neolithic Revolution and civilization
Tide Gate Alternatives
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There is terminology necessary to discuss tide gates. Here's a list of the common terms that I use. Read More