Press release issued here: River Avon environmental crisis – press release
Environmental Crisis on the River Avon near Stonehenge
We are notifying you of severe environmental damage that has been caused and continues to be caused by excessive phosphate discharge from sewage treatment works (STWs) operated by Wessex Water at Upavon, Ratfyn and Amesbury. We are also concerned that there is an imminent threat the damage will become even worse.
Salmon and Trout Conservation has carried out invertebrate sampling on Salisbury and District Angling Club’s beats on the Avon over the last three years in its Riverfly Census. The results in the attached Request for Action show a dramatic decline in invertebrate life and associated water quality on the Club’s waters. The Environment Agency (EA)’s own chemical sampling in river and at the STWs discharge points also register a dramatic increase in phosphate levels.
We realise that phosphate effluent is not the only harmful factor adversely impacting the health of the Avon. However, this effluent presents a clear and continuing threat that must be addressed as a matter of urgency. We believe immediate action is needed to reduce the level of phosphate discharge by upgrading the STW as required. This may be expensive but Wessex Water has the resources to carry out this essential investment.
We trust that the EA will exercise its regulatory power under Regulation 29 of the Environmental Damage Regulations as we set out in our attached formal Request for Action.
May we suggest that a meeting is arranged as soon as possible and certainly within the next 21 days to address the way forward.
Nick Measham Jan Szakowski
Salmon & Trout Conservation Salisbury & District Angling Club
Wiltshire Fishery Association Chalkstream Weedcutting dates for 2017 on rivers Avon, Wylye and Nadder.
Details of the WFA AGM and speaker are here:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WFA ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THIS SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED, DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.
THE NEW DATE FOR THE MEETING WILL BE SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER AT THE SAME PLACE, LANGFORD LAKES LODGE.
The agenda for the day will include:
· Formal AGM business, including reports on the swan project, weed cutting etc.
· A report on the 2016 fishing season
· A presentation on the Avon catchment sediment pathways project
· A talk by well-known local angler, entomologist and author: PETER HAYES on EMERGING FLYFISHING HERESIES. Peter is the author of two important books: Fly Fishing Outside the Box and Imitators of the Fly, and has been a regular contributor to Trout & Salmon and Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazines
A sandwich lunch will be provided, for which we will ask a nominal contribution.
After lunch a river walk is planned to a recent river enhancement project site, weather permitting. Please bring suitable clothing.
Please contact the WFA secretary Bob Male on 01722 503939 or firstname.lastname@example.org , before 27th November to let him know if you plan to attend or not. This is essential for the planning of catering.
We very much look forward to seeing you.
The WFA Summer Newsletter 2016 is here:WFA Newsletter Summer 16
Please note the notice for the WFA’s AGM on Saturday 8th October 2016 and in particular the talk by a well known local angler Peter Hayes.
Please email the WFA Secretary if you would like to attend: email@example.com