FOLLOWING reports yesterday from our reader Alex (3rd Jan 2014) of dead fish floating in the water in the Burstwick Drain in the stretch from the Hedon flyover behind Havenside to the Haven Arms, we took the walk along the bank to have a look.
This photograph was taken from the Haven Arms footbridge and we spotted perhaps another six dead fish along this stretch of waterway.
No dead fish were spotted either side of this stretch, but we would like readers to keep an eye out on our local waterways.
Please report any further large numbers of dead fish to the Environment Agency; it may be an incidence of water pollution.
Note: It is assumed that water pollution comes from places like factories, farms and industrial sources. Yet, according to the Environment Agency, in many cases the pollution comes from a much less obvious source – our homes. Incorrect plumbing could mean that waste water from dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, baths and even toilets is flushed directly into a local waterway. These *‘mis-connected’ pipes are a common cause of pollution to rivers and streams, especially in towns and cities. And of course quite often people with such ‘mis-connected’ pipes will be unaware of such problems.
*Advice is available on this at the Environment Agency website at water pollution from your home.
Causing or permitting pollution may result in a fine of up to £50,000, prosecution and expensive clean up costs!