Sunday, 28 July 2013

Summer Cruise 2013 (6)

Castleford Lock (Rest Day)

More rain fell over night but the sky was clear by dawn. 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.

Morning: 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.

Afternoon: Relaxing with Formula 1.

Evening: Rumour of a boat sunk on the Aire and Calder at Allerton Bywater outside the Boat Inn.

Wildlife: Pipistrelle and Daubenton Bats.

Todays Total.
Miles: 0.0
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels. 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 0.0
Solar Panels: 57 Ah

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 1485.9
Locks: 983
Swing / Lift Bridges: 196
Tunnels. 24
Pump Outs: 14
Engine Hours: 2597.8
Solar Panels: 9588 Ah

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