Flooding, runoff and ‘pollution risk’ – in the press and online:
The Sid River was very full over the weekend – although not as high as during the floods of 2012:
And the Sid was not as full as other rivers in East Devon;
A deluge of rain in areas of Devon on Sunday afternoon resulted in many rivers breaching their banks and floodwater settling on roads and farmland.
One area of concern is the extent to which ‘pollution’ is getting into the River and then into the sea.
Here is a piece from Devon Live from the weekend – which seems to confuse ‘runoff’ from ‘urban’ areas and ‘runoff’ from ‘rural areas’:
Beaches on both the south and north side of Devon are affected, including tourist hot spots Torquay, Salcombe and Exmouth. The main contributing factor to polluted beaches is urban runoff, which sees fertilizers, pesticides, oil, and untreated human and animal waste all entering waterways, such as rivers.
The Herald gave similar warnings from over the weekend – specifically mentioning Sidmouth:
With maps and more from SAS:
Our Safer Seas & River Service app paints an all too familiar picture of pollution risk alerts across the south and south west today. pic.twitter.com/gGEUCQAYPh— Surfers Against Sewage (@sascampaigns) September 17, 2023
Flooding, runoff and ‘pollution risk’ – a more nuanced approach:
However, whilst the latest from the Herald refers to issues of public concern over pollution in our waters, there are no specific references to the River Sid and Sidmouth’s beaches:
Besides, Sidmouth’s beaches have the Blue Flag award, which is the highest national accolade for quality bathing water:
Blue Flag status is only awarded to beaches that have high standards of cleanliness, safety and environmental management.
There is clearly concern from the public – but we do have to be cautious with the information.
Here’s a piece from Ed Dolphin explaining things very well:
As for maps, the SWW’s own new system gives very accurate information: