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Archibald writes to Minister on fish kill

4 August, 2016 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has written to the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in regards to the recent River Faughan fish kill.

The East Derry MLA said:

“I have written to the Minister requesting an update on how her department intends to deal with the issue of river pollution.

“Earlier this year the then Committee for the Environment conducted some research on River Pollution including an issues paper and stakeholder event.

“They found that diffuse source pollution in particular poses a significant problem. It is the most likely the cause of the recent incident in the River Faughan.

“I have asked the Minister what consideration has been given to greater partnership working models for monitoring, education and prevention.

“Models like the 'Rural Diffuse Pollution Plan' in Scotland, the 'Diffuse Water Pollution Action Plan' in Wales or the 'Catchment Based Approach' in England were highlighted as potential approaches.

“These models have proven to be successful, and here in the north the Water Catchment Partnership on the River Derg and the Riverfly Partnerships, where they are active, have resulted in improved monitoring and reporting of pollution.

“Another issue highlighted was the need for a consistent and robust approach to enforcement. I have asked the Minister what consideration has been given to how this might be achieved.

"Given the damage that such pollution incidents cause to the ecosystem of our waterways, it is crucial that we take all possible steps to eliminate, or in the very least minimise, the occurrence of pollution events.”

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