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Yoxall farmers warned of River Trent pollution risk

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Farmers in a village near Lichfield are being urged to move grazing animals away from the River Trent.

The warning follows a serious pollution incident that is affecting the river at Yoxall.

The Environment Agency has revealed raw sewage and cyanide have leaked into the river between Stoke-on-Trent and Yoxall.

And now Staffordshire County Council are warning farmers to be on their guard.

Tony Shore , the county council’s Head of Farming and Agriculture said:

“Farmers should take sensible precautions, especially if they use the river as a source of drinking water for their livestock.

“They should move their animals away from the banks and consider erecting temporary electric fencing to keep them away. They should also make sure their animals have fresh mains water to drink, either from troughs or from a bowser.”

Anglers, walkers  and boaters have also been advised to steer clear of the stretch of the River Trent while further tests are carried out.

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3 Comments

  1. phil_style

    7th October, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Any word on the source of this discharge/contamination? If it wasn’t the STW plant, then it must have started upstream. I’m trying to get ideas on possible sources here: http://virtuphill.blogspot.com/2009/10/cyanide-is-not-good-for-rivers.html

  2. TRENTMAN3

    7th October, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I SHOULD IMAGINE THERE ARE LOTS OF CATTLE DRINKING ANGLERS FISHING DOG WALKERS ECT ECT BETWEEN S-O-T AND YOXALL SO Y THE WARNING AT YOXALL,TIPICAL JUST AS A RIVER AT ONE TIME AS GOOD AS ANYTHING INTHE COUNTRY,JUST STARTING TO MAKE A COME BACK AND NOW THIS MAKE SURE THAT WHEN THE SOURCES ARE FOUND THEY PAY BIG TIME

  3. Dove Angler

    7th October, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Any news on how many fish died and are any of the tributies affected.
    I live in Ellesmere Port Cheshire and travel up to Burton on Trent to fish the River Dove and the Trent occasionally. Finding it hard to get any further info on the fish kills apart from whats on the news