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## No major issues in season 2013 ##
Where to start. Pollution, the first thing that probably springs to the mind of most members is the Sewerage Treatment Works (STW) and lets face it it is not the most pleasant of things. However, we need them and cannot escape from them and without it we would be in an even worse situation. As members are probably aware, there have been a number of incidents of the STW discharging into the river when it shouldn't (when there has been lttle or no rain and the river is low) and we must continue to be vigilant about this and when discovered such discharges must be reported to SEPA. Additionally, the incident should be reported to the committee as we keep a pollution log - we ask that you , if possible, photograph the discharge. Please also keep an eye on the Eaglesham burn (no. 58 in the map of the river, see the "Club Waters" section for a copy) as there is an sewerage pipe outlet directly into the burn and this is also guilty of discharging when it shouldn't. Perhaps more worrying is the planning application to build (at the Moor Road Eaglesham) 100 houses and 21 flats, not so much for the building of the houses but will the STW be able to cope - this seems to be on hold due to the downturn in the economy, however, a number of houses have been built (in 2013) at Barlae Ave. (Waterfoot) the effects of which remain to be seen.
Industrial Pollution: doesn't really apply to our water
Diffuse Pollution: the biggest threat in my opinion, even more so than the point source pollution of the STW, to our river. Diffuse pollution is hard to prevent, sometimes difficult to identify, and following on from that hard to find the culprit. Indeed on many occasions the culprit may not even realise they are causing diffuse pollution and perhaps their single instance of pollution may not cause a significant problem but when aggregated with other instances then it can be devastating to fish and other wildlife. Take for example, a family with a garden the slopes to the river edge, the garden is well maintained has a large well cared for lawn, fertilised, weed/moss/pest chemicals used and regularly watered either by hose, sprinkler or rain. If care isn't taken some of the water will run off carrying a cocktail of chemicals into the river. Another problem is when grass cuttings are dumped into the river, one garden may not have too much effect but when it is ten, twenty or more gardens on a regular basis it can be disastrous. How do we resolve this, firstly, in my opinion, by education, we need to make it absolutely clear to farmers, gardeners, and others that causing even small amounts of pollution to water can contribute to the death of whole river systems.
The Future: it's not all doom and gloom and hopefully the new European legislation called the Water Framework Directive (WFD) will go someway to protecting the water environment. The key aim of this law is to improve ecological status to GOOD (our part of the river is classed (as at 2007) as Moderate) by 2015 and to do this Scotland will need to improve restore and enhance some parts of its water environment. This will be done via the River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) with SEPA seeking views on the issues affecting freshwater fisheries via a consultation process (till 22 June 09). The club has attended one of these meetings and discussed the matter within a sub committee culminating in us forwarding to SEPA a list of issues that affect our part of the river.
Other Issues: Alien Species, no not little green men but non-native species such as Japaness knotweed, Himalayan balsam, American signal crayfish etc. We have Himalayan balsam
and Japanese knotweed
present both of which dominate our natural vegetation causing bank erosion and also reduce stream productivity. A task for us will be to map these on a database and then ideally go about removing them from our river, it can be done but it will not be easy or quick or cheap. We are not aware of signal crayfish in our river but if any member sees one
then it must not be returned to the river, a note taken of the location and to inform the Fisheries Research Services by e-mail to email@example.com
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