Gooseum Rhyne Reservoir Improvement Scheme

Closes 3 Nov 2024

Opened 3 Jul 2023


The Gooseum Rhyne Reservoir is a flood storage area on the Congresbury Yeo River. It was classified as a reservoir in 2006 under the Reservoirs Act 1975 due to the volume of water it can hold above the adjacent natural ground.

As a designated reservoir structure, the Environment Agency has the legal responsibility to ensure its continued safe operation.

Following an inspection by a reservoir specialist, areas for improvements that must be made in the interests of safety were identified. We are now in the process of developing a solution to ensure the reservoir continues to operate safely and that it can be properly maintained.


The September 2023 Gooseum Newsletter can be found here

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The reservoir is formed by the raised riverbanks of the Congresbury Yeo and embankments along its northern and eastern edges. Currently, when the water levels in the River Yeo rise enough to spill into the fields, the reservoir will begin to fill up. When the water levels in the river drop, water will gradually flow back into the river through the culvert near the basketball court. The embankment around the edge of Millennium Green protects properties on the northern side of the River Yeo from flooding.

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In February 2023, we held a public drop-in session to share our proposals with you. Information on what we shared can be found here, and a report on the consultation can be found here.

Gooseum Rhyne Reservoir Improvement Scheme Update
We hosted our last consultation event in October 2023 where we shared our updated proposals with everyone. Based on the valuable feedback that we received we have been reviewing other options to see how we can minimise our impact on the community.
We have developed an alternative approach that is to make changes so that the area is no longer classified as a reservoir under the Reservoirs Act 1975. This will mean that we won’t have a significant impact on the local community, but at the same time we can retain the existing protection from flood risk.

Why your views matter

If you have an interest in our scheme, please join us at one of our public drop-in events, or if you’re unable to come along, please do have a look at our proposals, which will be uploaded to the site just before the first event, and fill out a feedback form.

If you have an interest in the improvement work we’re doing to the Gooseum Rhyne Reservoir, you can join our mailing list by emailing us at

Your views will always be taken into consideration, and if there is scope to incorporate your preferences into the way works are carried out, without compromising their efficacy and safety, we will endeavour to do so.

Further Information


  • Public drop-in event

    From 23 Feb 2024 at 13:00 to 23 Feb 2024 at 16:00

    Please come and meet us at our next drop-in event to hear more about the new option and to ask us any questions you may have.

    Venue: Jubilee Hall Room, Old School Rooms, 1 Station Road, Congresbury,
    BS49 5DY


  • Members of the public


  • Flood management
  • Flood and coastal pages