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PostSubject: Talk of the Thames   Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:41 pm

The latest Talk of the Thames magazine (Winter 2012) is available to download at:

http://www.thamesweb.com/tep-docs/cat_view/63-talk-of-the-thames.html
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PostSubject: Re: Talk of the Thames   Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:30 pm

Had a quick look and read, its not bad, quite readerble, we could do with something like that in this area
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PostSubject: Re: Talk of the Thames   Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:52 pm

Some nice words from Mr. Harvey...

The Angler’s view
The Thames Anglers Conservancy
fully supports the proposed Thames Tunnel as the solution to cleaning
up the Tideway. In June 2011 we saw the biggest fish kill and devastation of all species within the food chain for nearly a decade.The summer of 2011 has been one of the driest for many years, and despite that in excess of five millions tonnes of sewage has entered the Western Tideway alone.The fish kills are becoming more common and we can only expect them to become more so in the next few years.The effects of climate change, meaning we have longer periods of low rainfall followed by intense storms, are worst case scenario for the river.The low rainfall also means that little clean water is coming down from the upper reaches and through the tributaries, hence the effects of sewage last longer.
The original amount of rainfall that triggered a discharge was around 6mm. Estimates now put this at is as little
at 2mm.With the over-urbanisation
of our green spaces, and the huge building projects that take place within the capital, many areas of natural land where the rain would simply soak away have gone.The sewers are under huge pressure and this will only increase. Thames Water now estimates that
the annual figure could rise from an average of 39 million tonnes of raw sewage to as much as 70 million tonnes by 2020.
The Thames has great powers of recovery and has withstood many years of abuse, but it will reach a tipping point. If over 5 million tonnes was discharged in the last three months alone, how great will this
figure be over the coming years? The sewage is a serious health hazard for all recreational river users, a fact that is not often mentioned and is part of London’s ‘Dirty Secret’.
Once the Tunnel is built, there will have to be a major restocking programme of all the species in the Tidal river.We hope that this extensive work would be paid for by Thames Water along with funding for a wide range of habitat enhancement projects.
One question which we always come back to; how different could the river be without the sewage?
Dave Harvey,Thames Anglers Conservancy
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