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PostSubject: why is the river a brown colour   Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:24 am

folks, I and a few other dimbats were expounding the reason that the river is a brown colour, because an algae bloom has died

how wrong can you be, the algae bloom is very much alive

we've got a diatoms bloom, a brown algae that inhabits most of the water column

many many thanks to the EA fisheries team, that'll learn me
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PostSubject: Re: why is the river a brown colour   Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:41 pm

I will never listen to you again....

Good to know, cheers for getting the info.

Did the ea say it was good or bad or just normal?
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PostSubject: Re: why is the river a brown colour   Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:05 am

Well early this time. We must've had it since start of April this year. Was all June last year, start of June thru to July the year before.

Don't know what impact is being so early but I bet the mussels and snails are getting fat on it.


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PostSubject: Re: why is the river a brown colour   Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:47 am

the fisheries fella said it was normal and there were no adverse effects to flora or fauna
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PostSubject: Re: why is the river a brown colour   Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:10 pm

Crying or Very sad When we've had it in previous years in June /July I recall the fishing was pants and we blamed it on the Algae, but then silvers fishing is often pants in the first 4 weeks :face:
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PostSubject: Re: why is the river a brown colour   Thu May 12, 2011 9:52 pm

Still a horrible colour as of yesterday, not sure how it clears, rain didnt seem to have any noticeable affect.

What are the other rivers like, it is just a southern thing or everywhere.

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PostSubject: Re: why is the river a brown colour   Thu May 12, 2011 10:47 pm

River Kennet tap water clear....kennet and Avon canal muddy as Laughing ,Not sure what St Patrick's stream/River Loddon/River Thame at Dorchester are like though but suspect they are clear also ......maybe it`s just a Thames thing???
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PostSubject: Re: why is the river a brown colour   Fri May 13, 2011 2:29 pm

nice one steve, we'll ask the EA when we next meet up why
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PostSubject: Re: why is the river a brown colour   Fri May 13, 2011 6:15 pm

Is 'boats' too simplistic an answer? There are lots on the canal and virtually none on the river.
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PostSubject: Re: why is the river a brown colour   Fri May 13, 2011 10:23 pm

Neil spot on boats are the reason fair enough but then again if the canal wasn`t so very shallow and silt/clay covered then the props of said craft wouldn't cause such colouration of the water ,Can you imagine if the Thames bottom was all silt and only 3` deep then the wash from Gin Palace/Narrow boats props would have a big difference i am guessing .
Question is why does the Algae bloom not spread up the Thames tribs including the Kennet?? .
Anyway whatever i am sure we are all just hoping that
[1] We have some rain before season start
[2]Algae bloom goes before said date
[3]She don`t go tap water clear and no flow
Sadly i think option 3 is given as soon as the bloom goes
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