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    Default Another slurry pollution - Clwyd.

    Just heard of another significant slurry pollution incident in Wales, this time on the Clwyd in North Wales. Don't have much details yet but this is just getting ridiculous. NRW are incapable of monitoring our rivers and the farms that have the potential to have a massive impact on the catchment, they are getting away with murder!

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    Really sorry to hear this, particularly when rivers are falling back to average heights.

    Is Wales governed by farmers? It certainly feels like it, controls on the industry are obviously not working, these incidents are taking place on a monthly basis and standards remain abysmally low.

    Some pre-emptive work desperately needs to be launched but as things are the threat of slurry pollution hangs over every river which has dairy farming in its catchment.

    Perhaps we should create a Farmer Palmer award scheme for the worst polluters.
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    Agree 100% DB, what is allowed to happen on our rivers is bordering on criminal negligence from those who are tasked with their protection. The clubs on that river (and others) need to start raising hell about the damaging impact we're suffering on an almost daily basis.

    I've tried to phone NRW for an update but that's proving difficult. Most likely the North Wales staff member is on his dinner break!

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    We're phoning one of the NRW guys to get an update but while we're on the subject,I'm no fan of the upper echelons of the NRW but I want to put on record that the staff on the ground in North Wales do a great job with ever diminishing resources.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

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    Note lack of input from Angling Cymru in the criticism which upset the minister (below) . What on earth are our national angling representatives doing to challenge this unrelenting assault on clean water?

    NRW refutes accusations about pollution record
    28 Apr 2017


    Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has strongly disputed accusations by Afonydd Cymru and the Angling Trust that it is not ‘fit for purpose’ when it comes to managing and responding to pollution incidents.

    The environmental body wants to reassure people that protecting the environment from pollution is one of its highest priorities, and it will always take action to respond to and investigate serious pollution incidents.

    And while the number of pollution incidents on farms is not increasing significantly year on year, NRW recognises that it is too high, and that the number and scale of slurry pollution incidents needs to reduce.

    Ceri Davies Executive Director of Evidence, Policy and Permitting at NRW said:

    “We are disheartened to have our work portrayed in this light. Our staff do a great job, day in a day out in challenging circumstances, and their passion and commitment to the Welsh environment should be commended.
    “The solution to agricultural pollution of rivers does not lie with NRW alone. We are only one organisation with a role to play in reducing the amount of pollution in our rivers and streams, but we are doing our best.
    “The fact remains that we are working in extremely challenging financial circumstances, and as a result, have to change the ways we work.
    “We are working closely with the agricultural industry so we can help them work more effectively, and pick up on problems more quickly when they happen so we can respond immediately and limit the damage.
    “We are working very hard, with our partner organisations, to do things differently. We are making more of our resources available to advise farmers which we hope will prevent these type of incidents from happening in the first place.”

    Their basis appears to be to react to pollution, not to regulate against it and with an approach like that pollution will inevitably continue.
    Last edited by diawl bach; 16-06-2017 at 12:39 PM.
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    Default Re: Another slurry pollution - Clwyd.

    NRW now aware, anecdotally it's come down the stream that enters just above Llanerch Bridge. I'll update when I know more.

    Update: Sadly this seems to be confirmed as the correct story.
    Last edited by sewinbasher; 16-06-2017 at 03:17 PM.
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    Default Re: Another slurry pollution - Clwyd.

    We're now hearing that a tractor overturned near Pont Dafydd near the A55.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

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    Slurry lagoon burst. The tractor incident wasn't related SB. There was also another fish kill on the Clwyd last week. Spreading before rain, washed into river. If you contact Rich P he'll update you.


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    Default Re: Another slurry pollution - Clwyd.

    Quote Originally Posted by 458socom View Post
    Slurry lagoon burst. The tractor incident wasn't related SB. There was also another another fish kill on the Clwyd last week. Spreading before rain, washed into river.


    Natural Resources Wales / NRW attends slurry pollution
    Not the Clwyd, that one was on the Clywedog (major trib) near Bontuchel, but cause was as you described.
    Last edited by sewinbasher; 16-06-2017 at 03:15 PM.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

    Oliver Kite
    “A Spring Day on the Usk”
    A Fisherman’s Diary

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    Default Re: Another slurry pollution - Clwyd.

    I think they should give the polluters a heavy fine and made to drink two pints of polluted river water to see how they like it.

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