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David Harvey


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PostSubject: Right place, right time   Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:50 pm

At the downstream end of the Bonesgate today we were confronted with a pollution incident as it was happening.

The outflow was from an industrial estate and was delivering a rubbery smelling discharge of some chemical

Luckily we were with the EA and calls were made and a local enviromental officer came down and took water samples. Could not see any fish kill but any pollution is bad pollution. It will be followed up with the estate and we have asked to kept up to date.

As we were leaving it had reduced but not good Evil or Very Mad

Lucky to spot it.
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James Page

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PostSubject: Re: Right place, right time   Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:31 am

m8, we worked our socks of upstream, making fish movements possible and 150 yds downstream some bugger is killing the fish

words aint available to use in public

What we did learn from the fella collecting the sample was

if you see pollution, try your hardest to get a sample in a plastic water bottle, and they'll collect it
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Tom Herbert


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PostSubject: Re: Right place, right time   Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:39 am

It makes you wonder how often it happens, you say it was stopping as you stood there, perhaps it is something that happens frequently.

It could be a totally harmless substance being flushed ini the river/stream but it s always best to be sure.

Well spotted chaps.
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Martin Steggall

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PostSubject: Re: Right place, right time   Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:22 pm

Well done Dave, ANY pollution of any volume ends up in Ol' Father Thames and where it can be must be stopped. The photos are great evidence.

Where could we get clean plastic sample bottles for capturing further evidence should it happen and how much should we collect? Or would a plastic groundbait bucket, provided it was clean, suffice for collection (many people would have one readily available during the season)?
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James Page

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PostSubject: Re: Right place, right time   Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:38 am

the best procedure is to take plenty of pictures, and get a sample if you can in an empty mineral water bottle, then phone the hotline and get a reference number

and post on the list of pollution incidents on our rivers thread
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Martin Steggall

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PostSubject: Re: Right place, right time   Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:58 pm

Thanks Jim.
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