Fish Kills on the Weaver and Wandle
100,000 fish have been killed on the River Weaver in the North West. The cause is as yet unknown and we will be pressing the Environment Agency to investigate fully. They are apparently blaming an algal bloom which seems pretty unlikely. If it is an algal bloom, this demonstrates the importance of tackling agricultural pollution, but we suspect that it is more likely to be spill of some sort. The Weaver has recovered well in recent years and is an important match fishing venue.
The River Wandle has also been polluted following a fire in a control centre at Beddington Sewage Treatment Works. This led to partially-treated sewage going into the river and a fish kill. The EA responded rapidly to oxygenate the water. Thames Water contacted us immediately and we will work with them and our member clubs on the river to put right the damage caused.
Image from Theo Pike at the Wandle Trust - www.wandletrust.org/