Water quality – nutrients, sedimentation and algal growth

Healthy rivers require clean water. A reduction in pollution reaching the rivers and canals in the Kennet catchment will improve the whole ecology. We can see elevated levels of both Nitrate and Phosphate throughout the catchment. These nutrient levels result in algal growth, which smothers green macrophytes. Other pollutants include sediment from farmland and toxic chemicals disposed of through the drainage network.

 

Only rain down the drain!

Yellow Fish LogoEveryone has a part to play in reducing pollution, our Yellow Fish campaign is a chance to remind people that storm drains drain to rivers and are only for rain (not paint, cigarette butts, litter, oil, dog mess …)

We are looking for partners to join the ‘Yellow Fish Campaign’

Ideal for schools or community groups, businesses or even as a Duke of Edinburgh project, Yellow Fish is a tried and tested campaign to raise awareness about surface water drainage, which goes straight into the river – not to the sewage treatment works. It was first run in Canada in 1991, but has been widely adopted in the UK.

Please contact charlotte@riverkennet.org if you are interested in joining or running a campaign in the Kennet catchment.