Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  10
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Wigan
    Posts
    3,433

    Default River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    Salford Friendly AS members alerted their committee members, together with EA and UU officials yesterday afternoon after the Irwell turned white just outside Bury at an outflow which had been previously reported for a similar incident.



    Samples have been taken by the Club as well as those with responsibility for monitoring the outflow. The previous excuse was that 'chalk' had got into the outflow - the sample taken however appeared to have the appearance of an emulsion with 'beading' - a bit like the water that brushes have been washed in.
    Investigations are continuing - with a local company that produces 'white stuff' - a prosecution is hoped for this time which is why I am being cautious about naming specific companies or products!

    SFAS was recently awarded the Fred J Taylor Award for the work it has done on monitoring pollution in the Irwell and helping in the clean-up of the river to make it a promising angling river after years of neglect and abuse by polluters.

    Wishing them all the best in their pursuit of those responsible - and hoping that no lasting damage is done.

  2. #2
    binka Guest

    Default Re: River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    That looks awful greenie

    Good luck to them tracing and successfully prosecuting the offender.

    Have there been any fish kills reported?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Wigan
    Posts
    3,433

    Default Re: River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    Don't know of any fish kills as yet - it'll be monitored downstream to pick any up. The river is quite low at the moment and a bit of rain tonight might help in flushing the stuff through.
    The problems may not become apparent for some time if there are any organic substances/toxins which have an effect on fertility or future generations. We already do invertebrate monitoring via kick-sampling and have established baseline population statistics at various points on the river so the results of incidents like this can be quantified.
    We have had problems getting prosecutions via EA in the past - a number of them are still sub-judice and consequently we can't get any progress info on them! You can imagine how complicated it gets when UU own the former NW Water and and half their mates now work for EA!
    Even they are going to be hard-pushed to hush-up this one! As if!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Merseyside
    Posts
    816

    Default Re: River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    A river I have never fished, Mike, how was it doing before this incident?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Wigan
    Posts
    3,433

    Default Re: River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    Quote Originally Posted by sumtime View Post
    A river I have never fished, Mike, how was it doing before this incident?
    The fairest description is 'in a state of transition' from being a junk-filled open sewer to potentially a wonderful mixed river with a variety of species!
    I usually fish a tributary of the Irwell, that has isolated shoals of roach, chub to 5.5 lbs, and Brownies to 12lbs. I've had trouble getting through the trout to find the chub - tried bread, maggots, worm, cheese paste, pellets, krill paste, combinations of the above - all get trout - usually half-pounders but with the immature finger-marks on their flanks!
    One of the problems with the Irwell is that the river is changing constantly and the shoals of fish are migrating up and down the river - so where there were good roach last year, they may be split a mile up and down this year - next year - who knows? There are so many legacy weirs on the river that the fish can't resume their previous beats once they get washed over them in floods or are 'scared-off' by pollution incidents - like this one!
    The other big problem that stops it being a fishing paradise is the amount of tipping /dumping and historic junk in the river - as well as the bankside population - both business & domestic - and the totally f-ed-up drainage systems with sewage mixing with surface run-offs, etc. Slowly - it's getting better - then this happens!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    4,570
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    Would that be the Co with a Lancastrian name and based behind Elton Reser?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Wigan
    Posts
    3,433

    Default Re: River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    Quote Originally Posted by The bad one View Post
    Would that be the Co with a Lancastrian name and based behind Elton Reser?
    Can't comment about the name, but the incident occurred on the Hinds Lane stretch which is just at the back of Elton Res.
    - Will update with more details when they are released!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    4,570
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    I see said the blind horse!

  9. #9

    Default Re: River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    Did anyone see any dead or dying fish ? No doubt there'll be lots even if they go unseen by people.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    location location
    Posts
    363

    Default Re: River Irwell - Pollution Incident

    is that the stretch after Radcliffe?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •