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Sussex Anglers Support River Project

28.07.14

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Anglers who fish the River Ouse have been finding out about a South East Water programme to improve water quality in the area.

Members of the Haywards Heath and District Angling Society, which has fished species including tench, pike, roach and carp for more than 100 years along the river, met with Simon Lohrey, who is leading the Ouse Upstream Thinking Project.

The project is looking at how farmers can use simple practices to prevent unwanted farm products – such as soils, fertiliser and pesticides - washing from fields into the river. These substances have to be removed at the water treatment works, which is a costly process, so prevention is beneficial to customers and farmers alike.

Simon said: “It was great to meet the anglers and explain the project and how it will benefit everyone who uses and cares for the River Ouse.

“It is all about working with the farming community to maintain, and where possible, improve water quality and the natural environment.”

Chairman of the angling society, Rowland Smith said he was pleased the importance of the Ouse was being recognised.

Mr Smith said: “I was very interested to hear how just very simple, practical things can make a lot of difference to the water quality.

“As anglers, we spend a lot of time around the Ouse and care for the river and the wildlife it supports.

“It is good to hear South East Water is doing its bit to protect it too.”


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