is your river fit to swim in?

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jam bo
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is your river fit to swim in?

Post by jam bo » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:48 pm

https://www.theriverstrust.org/2019/09/ ... o-swim-in/

fascinating map from the rivers trust showing all the discharge point into the river system, including Combined Sewage Overflows (CSOs) which can discharge untreated sewage into rivers in storm conditions...

a good example is the lower tavy which has made a lot of people ill. numerous CSO's through the town and even one at the main treatment plant.

the dart by comparison has very little input.

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Re: is your river fit to swim in?

Post by BobbyR » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:02 am

Its an interesting map and shows the challenge of getting rid of all the CSOs. It also shows that the EA needs to be lobbied to add more inland water bodies to the bathing waters monitoring.
For reference this is the English Bathing Waters:
https://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

Compare it to the density of bathing water monitoring in the Netherlands! https://www.zwemwater.nl/

It would not cost too much to add the inland water bodies as they are already monitored as part of the chemical and ecological status reporting for the water framework directive. The EA's catchment data portal gives the chemical and ecological classes for all inland water bodies (search by waterbody (river or lake name)). It indicates that agriculture, rather then CSOs, is the main problem for many water bodies.
http://environment.data.gov.uk/catchment-planning/

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