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PostSubject: River Wey Fish Deaths   Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:36 pm

Just heard that on New Years day, the River Wey nr Alton had a large fish kill... brownies and chub found dead in a mile stretch of the river, no more details as yet...


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PostSubject: Re: River Wey Fish Deaths   Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:53 pm

Richard Crimp wrote:
Just heard that on New Years day, the River Wey nr Alton had a large fish kill... brownies and chub found dead in a mile stretch of the river, no more details as yet...


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Please keep us informed anything you hear Rich. I hope it doesn't get down to the grayling stretches.
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PostSubject: Re: River Wey Fish Deaths   Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:47 am

http://www.altonherald.com/news.cfm?id=562

If any member lives close please could you pick up a copy of the paper and let us know the full story?
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PostSubject: Re: River Wey Fish Deaths   Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:23 am

Thanks Steve. Can't see anything else in the news, even the area. If it is club controlled and they are AT members then fish legal should be involved.

As it is likely to be rural, maybe from a farm.
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PostSubject: River Wey appeal for info   Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:27 pm

We've just been sent this by the EA:


Environmental crime officers are hoping to jog people’s memories when they hit the streets of a Hampshire town appealing for information about a serious pollution incident on New Year’s Day.

More than 250 fish and thousands of invertebrates died after a 1.5km stretch of the River Wey in Alton was polluted. Staff will be using flyers at lunchtime tomorrow (Wednesday 19 January) near NatWest Bank on the High Street in a bid for vital information.

The incident affected a stretch between Paper Mill Lane and Neatham Mill and previous surveys showed that the river was populated by thousands of fish including species such as brown trout, chub, dace and minnows. The biggest fish recovered was a 44cm long brown trout.

Since New Year’s Day Environment Agency staff have been working with local businesses, neighbourhood police, utility companies, voluntary groups and the wider community to understand what happened.

James Liney, an environment management team leader, said: “This was a serious pollution incident which devastated the ecology of an important stretch of river. Given that it impacted an area in Alton town centre I am really hoping that someone will come forward with information to help our investigation.

“Initial water sample results of the River Wey taken on New Year’s Day don’t give us a clear view of where the pollutant came from or what it is, but we are working to interpret the results.

“We have a long track record of working with businesses in Alton to help them run their businesses without causing pollution of the local environment and this work continues.”

Whatever got into the water had a devastating effect on the fish and invertebrates so Environment Agency ecology and fisheries teams have been out on the River Wey and Lasham Drain to assess the impacts of the incident.

Staff have also worked with the local neighbourhood police team to see if they have any CCTV images of the area that may help the investigation.

Mr Liney added: “We don’t yet know who the offenders are. Not everyone realises that when something is poured down a highway drain, more often than not it ends up in the local river with sometimes devastating consequences.

“I appeal to the community of Alton, if you have seen or heard anything about this incident please help us by calling the Environment Agency Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 quoting Alton fish kill.”
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PostSubject: Re: River Wey Fish Deaths   Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:57 pm

No angling clubs until you get about a mile downstream then they are all fluff chucking clubs and wealthy ones at that so if any were affected I`m sure they have the wherewithall to get their just remuneration. Saw a far worse pollution incident in the same area about 7/8 years ago where the coarse fish lost were heartbreakingly large even if the great unwashed could never fish for them. Roach to nearly 3lb, perch to 3lb12oz, dace to a 1lb brown trout to over 11lb rainbows to 8lb and 2 or 3 enormous eels.

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PostSubject: Re: River Wey Fish Deaths   Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:59 pm

mic foot wrote:
No angling clubs until you get about a mile downstream then they are all fluff chucking clubs and wealthy ones at that so if any were affected I`m sure they have the wherewithall to get their just remuneration. Saw a far worse pollution incident in the same area about 7/8 years ago where the coarse fish lost were heartbreakingly large even if the great unwashed could never fish for them. Roach to nearly 3lb, perch to 3lb12oz, dace to a 1lb brown trout to over 11lb rainbows to 8lb and 2 or 3 enormous eels.

Mic

Gutting Mic. Seems like every time a tributary gets on its feet some other pollution incident comes along.
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PostSubject: Re: River Wey Fish Deaths   Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:57 am

as we all know, its bang out of order and happens again and again
whats the odds that there aint a single river that dont get polluted regularly, your shout rich

we've gotta find a way to get it stopped, it aint gonna be easy, but we gotta keep on, keeping on

if you've any ideas, then let us all know

maybe the sessions we cant do in the close season, should be spent demonstrating at polluting companies HQ
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