Sunday, 28 July 2013

Pollution Problem

Not a pleasant vista greeted us this morning when we discovered a pollution problem on the River Aire at the junction with the River Calder and the Aire and Calder Navigation.

I took a walk along the towpath from the Castleford visitor moorings to drop some rubbish off in the nearby Biffa bins at Castleford Lock. I decided to check the flood boards on the lock wall because of the overnight rain. It was then that I noticed that there were a large number of already dead fish floating down stream. There were others in distress gasping at the water surface. I rang the Environment Agency emergency pollution reporting line (0800 80 70 60) and my call was answered in a few seconds. I described what I could see, and added that there has been a lot of rain overnight and the river level is in the red. There were a number of gulls taking the fish from the surface. It's to be hoped that the fish are not poisonous.


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