That would take too long, has the Wye got the time to spare! These things hit the headlines now and then, then everyone says something must be done for a few weeks until other news takes over the headlines and then everyone forgets about it; this thread will be forgotten in a couple of weeks, it will just all be hot air and good intent but nothing will get done. I don't hold much hope for the Wye on this issue, wish I could say I do but what is going to happen, not much is my guess. A few individuals and small groups will make a valiant stand but without the influence from the very top, it will either be too slow or too little or both.I would think the starting point on the Wye, for instance, would be to bring ALL the water users together, canoes, swimmers, boarders and especially all the businesses (include riverside accommodation, campsites, caravans). Under a single umbrella they may have some weight to lobby for action, most would need educating about the problems for starters.
Remember surfers against sewage? They seemed to hit headlines quite a bit and their website shows plenty of ongoing action for the benefit of everyone that uses the sea and beaches https://www.sas.org.uk/ perhaps a freshwater equivalent pressure organisation to clean up our rivers that dump all the c***into their oceans?
There are reasonably easy measures that all clubs can do to reduce nutrient ingress. However, there was legislation proposed a few years back with regards nitrate buffer zones. Can't recall if phosphate buffer zones became a thing too, but the proposals were made which were designed to reduce eutrophication. The EA are currently recruiting 40 people to monitor phosphate levels on farms, closing date is 4th August.Passion For... Clean Rivers
In reply to some of the comments, do we have to accept that NRW and the EA will work with glacial slowness over the question of phosphate pollution in the Wye – not that that should mean a relaxation in our efforts to prod them into action? Do we have to realise that so much money has been invested already in chicken units in the Wye catchment that closing these down will be a non-starter? Perhaps we have to explore different ways of disposing with the excreta produced, and aim to prohibit the spreading of it on land anywhere from which it can leach into the river or the streams that feed it? More expensive, probably yes, but surely a compromise that sane parties can agree upon? Am I crazy or am I missing some big issues here? If not, how can this partial solution be achieved, and quickly?
No Thanks, that sends shivers down my spine.This is what they say, they are not banning it just discouraging it, I can live with that-
The Greens manifesto states: "The Green Party is opposed to angling as a bloodsport. ... The Green Party will ban the use of all lead shot/weights used by anglers that are harmful to many forms of nature. The party will promote the voluntary cessation of angling through public education programmes."
You would rather fish in polluted water with no fish, really! This is vastly over exaggerated. There might be a few mutters around but there are anyway and I doubt much stoning and flogging by the public would be allowed. The fact is they don't want to ban fishing, just try and make sure whatever we do we put the environment first and not last like every Government, Business, Company , Consumer has for the last 200 years, that includes everything from making cars, making money, riding horses, fishing whatever and do it in an economy sustainable way I might add.. The bonus for us is we will get the clean rivers, plastic free/polluted free fish and sea we all passionately desire. Because, I cannot see any other way it will happen, no one else will or can do it on their own, no one is big enough to change things including anglers no matter how many of them there are, we need someone to do it for us and there is only one obvious candidate. It might stick in the claw a bit but what's more important and needs must. I am not that keen myself but I recognize now where the change must (imperatively) and most likely come from.No Thanks, that sends shivers down my spine.
I'd rather fish in polluted water with no fish than be stoned and flogged by the "Educated Public "
Sounds like they're getting ideas from the Chinese Government.