Environmental officers investigate pollution incident at Wepre Brook
Natural Resources Wales officers are investigating a pollution incidents at Wepre Brook in Connahs Quay and Alltami Brook.
The incident was reported on Tuesday after it was noticed that water was discoloured at both locations
Nearly two miles of watercourses has been affected by the material, which Natural Resources Wales officers believe is silt.
Silt can harm wildlife in rivers and have long-lasting effects on fish spawning grounds as it smothers the gravel in which fish lay their eggs.
The pollution has now stopped after the source was discovered, water samples for further analysis and water quality in stream is improving and should return to normal in the next couple of days say NRW.
No reports of fish having been killed in the incident.
Wepre Brook runs through the popular Wepre Park in Connah’s Quay and into the Dee, one of Wales’ most important fishing rivers and an important source of water.
However, there is no known effect on water quality in the Dee.
Steven White, environment officer for NRW, said:
“We’d like to thank those who have reported this incident to us so we can take swift action to address it.
“Our initial assessments show no signs of dead fish or fish in distress and we expect the situation to gradually improve in the next couple of days
“If anyone is concerned about further pollution, or notices any impacts on fish or wildlife, they should report it immediately to our incident hotline on 0800 807060.”
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