“This weed issue cannot be solved instantly!”
That was the message from Ancholme River Trust members when ‘Summer Duck Weed’ on the Ancholme attracted strong words at the Autumn meeting of the Ancholme Users Group.
All members agreed the ‘green river’ this summer has had a big an impact on recreational activity and usage of the river by all types of craft.
And as a consequent there had been a knock-on effect for tourism and commerce.
Andy Woods of the Environment Agency blamed a lack of water in the system.
“You simply cannot push the duck weed out,” he said.
A spokesman for Glanford Boat Club was equally critical: “Boats are going into the river and meeting weed. You take the money and yet boats cannot use the river.”
“This is a long term problem and it has been talked about for years but not enough has been done about it,” said Mike Storey, River Trust Member and Secretary of the Scunthorpe and District Angling Club.
Both fertilizers and detergents have been blamed for the problem.
River Trust members are to meet with the Environment Agency to try to find a way forward.