The peak ended up being only 200mm less than a 1/4 century high. None of the other rivers responded in anything like the same way over the last 24hrs. I'll have a look..
There are a couple of places along its length where humans can influence the flow rates. This has obviously taken place recently.
Salmon in the Churnet - it's been confirmed that salmon are running the Churnet this year.
I've seen the photos of the salmon going up the weir at Rocester mill. Despite the different views on the re-introduction of salmon to the Churnet (they used to be there naturally many, many moons ago) it's a great sign of a river brought back to a decent standard. I was brought up in Rocester and through JCB fishing club spent a huge amount of time fishing the river there (the Dove on the other side of the village was far too posh for those of us that lived in dwellings provided by the council, well, until it was going dark anyway ). Also there was a free stretch just upstream of the old road bridge and many was the time that there would be a dozen or so of us having a gudgeon match Happy days!
But I remember all too well the many visits where you'd get to the river to find many fish floating at the surface. These were usually due to spills from upstream near Leek with it's various chemical works and dye manufacturers. That was over thirty years ago now and no matter what the species of fish in evidence it's great to see one of Staffordshire's great rivers looking healthy.