Fuzzy rules are used to model solute dispersion in a river dead zone, such that the turbulent diffusion is determined by a fuzzy inference system which relates the local mean velocity shear to the longitudinal velocity fluctuations. A finite-volume hybrid scheme is applied to a non-orthogonal grid for which a mean velocity field is produced using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) package Telemac 2D. At each cell face fuzzy rules predict a fuzzy number, and these numbers reflect the possible magnitudes of turbulent velocity fluctuations. These are input to the finite-volume model using a single-value simulation method. Multiple model runs produce a fuzzy number for the solute concentration in each cell. The results of the fuzzy model are then compared with data collected in a field experiment with rhodamine dye in the River Severn.