There is no doubt that the River Wye and its entire catchment is suffering from pollution and this in turn is causing the collapse of the river's ecosystem.
Our plea is for all environmental groups, charities and individuals to come together and put as much pressure as possible on the regulatory agencies, Powys and Herefordshire Council and the Governments of Wales and England to stop talking and act.
The action must be now and it must impact on pollution reduction. It is not good enough to place a moratrium on planning applications when these have no material impact on stopping pollution. The pollution sources are know approx 70% from agriculture and approximately 25% from sewage. We need remedial action on these two sources now. Every single day we wait a small part of the ecosystem dies.
This is our watch, governed by the people we elect. Now is the time to make them aware that we the voters want change. Working together makes our voice so much louder.
Please take up the fight for the Wye and make your voice heard. ... See MoreSee Less
What do the public need to do? I have emailed my MP and the minister for the environment and shadow minister. Only heard back from MP with words and no meaningful action!!
The NRW as a governing body, who claim to protect the water and the environment have not been fit for purpose for the last 20/30 years. FEBs decimate the salmon and trout stocks, sewage and phosphate discharges killing the rest, water abstraction, poaching, the list goes on and on. Meanwhile the NRW sit in offices compiling reports to try and baffle the general public and make Welsh Water look good !! Go to NZ and see how it’s done!!
My wife and I live just one hundred metres from the Wye and during the three years that we have been here we have noticed the slow decline of river life such as fish wild life the thousands of tons of flotsam like trees old and new plus plastic etc. No river management whatsoever. The establishment as ever talk the talk but do nothing. I was born and bred on a dairy farm farmed for decades have a huge love of the countryside and don’t like the way things are going.
If the river is so polluted why are more people than ever using it, wild swimmers, canoeists, paddle boards etc.. This year it's been like a free for all water park.
Is there a link providing the figures and information you have quoted? Thank you.
Fished and canoed from Hereford to Hoarwithy Thursday - Saturday some cracking fish coming out !! Barbel and decent sized Chubb xx
Johanna Jones for Lotty
While it is tempting to blame farmers and they do share some of the blame, the failure of the water companies to prevent raw sewage discharge and the failure of the environment agency to police all the polluters is at the root of these problems. But people along the Wye vote parties in that will allow pollution until that changes nothing else will.
The River Wye is dying and still we talk. The Nutrient Management Board (NMB) met this week as they have for the last six years to discuss a plan to halt pollution in the Wye. August and professional bodies all exchange thoughts but no real action plan emerges. No names against actions and no time frames. It was difficult to understand how the all powerful Natural England cannot give any date as to when target levels of phosphate in the rivers can be published. Yes it is scientific and needs careful study but surely by setting a date to publish would focus all those involved to work towards a conclusion. It is difficult to imagine any commercial organisatiion being able to operate with an open ended conclusion date. Meanwhile industies who employ people in Hereford have their livelihoods put on hold through a planning application moratorium. There is no doubting the difficulty of producing a plan but a time comes when decisions have to be taken no matter how unpalatable for some. Saving the river must be the focus.
At the NMB meeting many different views were put forward from well qualified individuals, councils and lobby groups and they all select the data that supports their corner. The result is impasse. Yet again the Technical Advisory Group with science and data galore go back to think again and adjust the plan.
We have a simple radical suggestion let's use our eyes not data.. Rather than meet on zoom the next NMB meeting should be held on the banks of the Wye. This would focus all attending. No matter the data the evidence is stark and in front of all. No rananculus, no plant life very few fish just the result of algal bloom. Green slime over all the rocks and gravel beds. Our once great river is dying in front of us. We do not have time to discuss and gather more data we have to act.
If a fire starts the fire brigade do not sit round a table to identify how the fire started. Their first priority is to put the fire out. Our collectivel responsibility should be to stop any potential source of pollution such as spreading chicken manure or fertiliser on the land within the catchment. Can we truly place land owners profit ahead of an entire ecosystem? This is the debate we and government needs to undertake and look for solutions.
Todays youth will have never seen the flowing ribbons and white flowers of River Crowfoot that sustained and supported so much life in our river. Gilpin and his contemporaries witnessed and recorded the Wye that inspired so many artists and the Picturesque movement in the late 17th and 18th Century. Today this has vanished.
Why are we letting the River Wye die?
Each of us has an obligation to change the way we live and our expectations of nature. We have to live responsibly within it and recognise how important it is to our wellbeing. From rivers to hedgerows all contribute to ecosystems that support our very existance. We would ask all members of the NMB to stand up and be counted and not wait for others to lead. Together we can and must initiate systemic change and protect our countryside. ... See MoreSee Less
This is why the Herefordshire Construction Industry Lobby Group - who also sit on the Nutrient Management Board (we are the guys, 1000's of us, who have been stopped from working for a pollution problem everyone agrees we didn't cause and cannot fix) voted AGAINST the adoption of the revised Nutrient Management Plan. The plan has empty pages and no action to tackle the cause - despite years of experts and responsible agencies knowing where the pollution comes from and what impact it is having. HCILG felt they simply could not support a plan that did not restore river ecology and its wider habitat. As you say - we can all see how sick the River is - and yet the empty pages and endless hours and hours of meetings are maintaining and facilitating its terrible predicament. We need brave, bold and radical change. Quickly.
CPRE are absolutely right. No one has the right to destroy living ecosystems, and very soon the act of ecocide will be enshrined in international law as a capital crime against humanity on the same seriousness as Genocide and other war crimes. Deregulated industrialisation of agribusiness and the drive for ever bigger global markets have created this situation. There is a overburden of pollution generated by intensive factory food production and the way to stop the pollution is very clear. The doctrines of current economics has over many decades deliberately lifted regulations from these businesses, at the same time de-funded the bodies charged with enforcing and monitoring standards. It is a political choice that has us all swimming (literally) in sewage and drinking from poisoned river water, and it's not only our river that is dying.
And here you are talking with no action plan. Maybe a few people could produce an action plan of their own and do something. You know actually get off your collective rears and do something. I don't mean have a meeting, I don't mean wander about with a few placards but actually get out there and do something. Speak to farmers, speak to businesses, get the public on board, formulate a plan between yourselves and physically do something. There is no better way to get something done than by rolling up your sleeves, getting your hands dirty and doing something. Words and banners do nothing.
Stop the chicken waste being spread on the ground. Job sorted.
What a terrible saga, Merry, when there are examples of effective change like the Curl brook and many others. Who is standing in the way? I can't see you letting this go on much longer. Fight on❗
QUICK UPDATE ON THE CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT TO HELP SAVE THE WYE
We have had an unbelievable response to CPRE Herefordshire's appeal for Citizen Scientists to monitor water quality in the Wye Catchment. It is only too evident that all our waterways are suffering with considerable damage to their ecosystems. We alone have recruited over 315 volunteers to help monitor our rivers and be part of the solution in restoring them to health. We are now setting up teams and sampling sites including risk assessments and getting ready to train everyone.
The Walk the Wye pilgrimage has helped highlight the problem with excellent media coverage.
We are part of a whole series of partners such as Wye Salmon Association, Friends of the Upper Wye, Friends of the Lugg, CPRW, Wye & Usk Foundation and Cardiff University who are working together to make Citizen Science a powerful tool to produce data that will help those responsible bodies such as the EA, Natural England and NRW focus their resources and stop pollution.
Where are our MPs who should be safeguarding our future, not corporate profit
Do you need anymore vols Hopefully I will be living in Herefordshire spon.
Hi. This is really excellent and provides great data to support challenges to NRW and others . However, as an environmental scientist myself, I'm a bit concerned that the use of hand held monitoring devices is itself open to challenge. Do the devices log digitally and record the readings with time, date and gps data to add to the veracity of the reported results? Are the devices regularly calibrated against standard solutions and the calibration results recorded? Last but not least, are periodic samples sent to third party laboratories holding UKAS quality accreditation to double check the monitoring results are accurate? I understand that this all adds cost and complexity. But such verification information may become invaluable if for example it came to a legal challenge. .
.meanwhile I'm happy to volunteer to help out if you need.
.I am in llandogo in the lower catchment below Bigsweir.
Well I grew up on the wye and have seen lots of it’s problems
First we’re the mink in the 80s
Let out at a farm in Ross by do gooders that ruined the ducks Moore hens voles and both bird life and animals all the way up and it’s tributaries
Then in the late 80/ 90 came the barbel
They spread up the river feeding on the spawning grounds
All the trout and salmon eggs hovered up along with the large perch shoals and chub that were every where
By the late 2000 and over the next 20 years the stocks of original fish have been cleared by the introduced species
Now will be the time of the Weekend warriors that will have meeting at themselves any money that can from grants and The river will not do any use out of it but they will get lots of data Moan use any funds that are available to have a meeting but not solve the issues
Maybe a large restocking of native species of both fish and animals would be a better use of your time and our money
Then the wye would not bad as the water is far cleaner now than it was fourth years ago
It’s just baron of life 🦆🐣🐸🦇🦋🐛🪱🐝🐞🐜🐌🐟🎣
Instead we have the HIFI 👏
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