Major water pollution incident at River Crane

Here is a Press Release issued by the Environment Agency today:

Environment Agency officers will continue working today on a major sewage pollution incident which has left thousands of fish dead in West London.

An estimated 3000 fish are now dead in the River Crane, a tributary of the River Thames, after raw sewage began to discharge into the river on Saturday.  Environment Agency officers have been working round the clock to try and minimise any further environmental damage,   taking water samples and assessing the impact on fish.

A silver command has been established to bring the situation under control as quickly as possible.

Environment Agency Area Manager Julia Simpson said: “This is a major incident and it appears that thousands of fish have been killed. Environment Agency officers have been working around the clock to minimise any further impact this incident has on the environment. We will be overseeing the clean up and have launched a full investigation.

“We advise people to keep themselves and their pets out of the water until the incident is resolved.”

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8 Responses to “Major water pollution incident at River Crane”

  1. Graham de wey peters Says:

    Mark , do have any info on where abouts on the River Crane ????

  2. Barbara Owens Says:

    The stench in Kneller Gardens, an extremely popular local facility, is horrendous and must pose a health risk to the nearby community including Chase Bridge Primary school which the River Crane flows past.

  3. Mark Bowen Says:

    The more I read about this, the more concerned I am:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15521355

  4. Karen Says:

    I walk my dogs on Hounslow Heath every day – it is absolutely tragic what has appended to the River, the fish and the knock on effect to other wildlife – it would have been nice if the Environment Agency has put up warning signs on all entrances to the affected parks advising people that they should not let their animals in the river… not everyone listens to the radio so may not be aware…I hope that whoever is to blame will pay to clean up the mess and re-stock the river with its life blood… FISH…

  5. Graham de wey peters Says:

    Karen , unfortunately nothing will happen as Thames Water reguarly pumps in thousands opon thousands of raw sewage in to the Thames EVERY TIME it’s facilities cannot handle the run off from the streets , so unless you have a local Authority that enforces certain planning breaches , ie concreting of front gardens for driveways and the such like , i doubt if they will bother chasing Thames Water for this “minor ” spill , perhaps they might look at the chemicals being used on the Hounslow Golf course , and the run off from that in to the River Crane , so many issues on such a small river …

  6. Graham de wey peters Says:

    Hey , guess what NO reply , from anyone , apathy ??? the truth ???…………..

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