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New study to stop river going green

The green river as algae plays havoc with rowers and general navigation on the Ancholme in the warm weather.
This scene was taken from the County Bridge looking towards the Ancholme Rowing Club boathouse. EMN-140207-164942001

The green river as algae plays havoc with rowers and general navigation on the Ancholme in the warm weather. This scene was taken from the County Bridge looking towards the Ancholme Rowing Club boathouse. EMN-140207-164942001

An initiative under the Water Framework Directive has seen the Environment Agency award £9,323 from the Catchment Partnership Fund for a study of the impact of phosphates on the Ancholme.

The study’s findings will be ongoing over three years and hopefully lead to action to reduce the problem.

The problem showed itself for the first time this summer, in the past week algae again played havoc with rowers and general navigation on the Ancholme with the increase in temperature.

The new study sees the Ancholme River Trust working closely with North Lincolnshire Council, the Environment Agency and river leisure users.

The Ancholme River Trust is now completing its first year of operation and trust members are confident progress is being made in the river’s management.

Trust Chairman Rob Waltham said: “There is general optimism about the benefits in management of the river from initiatives that are ongoing and in the first year the Trust had secured £250,000 for the river.”

 

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