Keswick Beck is polluted according to samples tested by the Environment Agency. Now in a joint initiative between the East Keswick Wildlife Trust and the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, the pollution is being monitored in the streams of the Collingham, East Keswick and Bardsey catchment areas. Samples suggest these water courses are polluted with high levels of phosphate and nitrate. Much of this is thought to result from agricultural run off, but villagers can help through the Yellow Fish campaign.

The Yellow Fish is a national Environment Agency project involving stencilling a Yellow Fish symbol beside surface drains to remind people that any waste entering them may go directly to the nearest stream, river, lake, canal, beach or bathing water, causing pollution and killing wildlife. Car wash shampoo, engine oil, paints, chemical wastes, detergents and even litter entering these drains pollute watercourses. Pollution can also be caused by misconnected household pipework where foul waste from toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, showers, baths and sinks can enter surface water drains.

East Keswick Wildlife Trust is working with Bardsey Primary School on the Yellow Fish campaign to raise awareness and you may notice Yellow Fish symbols on drains which feed directly into the beck. Any fluid that goes into a surface water drain in the village goes into the beck.

The Wildlife Trust has also been helping plant trees and hedges along the stream sides to slow down run off from the fields. Further information on the Yellow Fish campaign is available from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/avoiding-pollution-yellow-fish-scheme

 



 

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