Water quality concerns

The quality of water on the River Ancholme has been described as poor, in both the river and in the catchment areas.

Reports submitted to the Environment Agency were presented to the Ancholme Users Group’s latest meeting held at Glanford Boat Club.

Because of the pockets of poor water quality the river has been upgraded as a priority in a ‘Water Framework Directive’” and the target is to bring the water quality up to good by 2027.

Phosphate problems, the agency believes, are at the heart of the concerns and are related to local farming practices.

The meeting also heard concerns about poor fishing conditions and stagnant water conditions on the river, which does not flow as it did.

Coun Rob Waltham, who has been instrumental in setting up the River Trust on the Ancholme, said: “Water quality is a complex area and those of us involved in the River Trust would not tackle it. The Environment Agency are the experts in this field.”