‘Be mindful of river pollution’

Recent pollution at the Three Mile Water. Pic courtesy of Three Mile Water Conservation and Angling Association.
Recent pollution at the Three Mile Water. Pic courtesy of Three Mile Water Conservation and Angling Association.

A conservation and angling association has praised the public after recent pollution incidents on a local river were reported speedily.

In recent days, a section of the Three Mile Water close to Monkstown has been plagued by a combination of silt, paint and sewage entering the river.

Commenting on the recent incidents, a spokesperson for the Three Mile Water Conservation and Angling Association said: “Pollution is detrimental to the survival of eggs and juveniles.

“These pollution cocktails can impact both habitat and the invertebrates which the fish feed on, which adds another inhibiting factor to the long term survival of salmonids within this pressurised system.”

The spokesperson explained: “Most pollution tends to be accidental. Accidents happen and we do understand, but we politely ask that people be aware of what they wash down their drains or their toilets as the likelihood is that it will reach the rivers.”

It is understood three of the recent incidents were reported to the association by members of the public.

Praising the community for their vigilance, the spokesperson added: “We’re grateful people are acknowledging our work and taking the time to report things. If you suspect pollution photograph it, note the time and odour and report to the pollution hotline on 0800 80 70 60. Alternatively, message us on Twitter or Facebook.”