WATER POLLUTION ON THE SID
THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT
To give some perspective to the current state of the river, we can look at the history of pollution on the River Sid, including:
- 1887 report to SUDC on sewage [with thanks to Ed Dolphin]
- Summary of 1952 Enteric study [with thanks to Prof Brian Golding]
- The map of the Sidmouth rivers and main sewers in about 1950 from that document is shown on the right.
THE CURRENT SITUATION
For an overall picture of the health of the River and latest reports in the media, see below.
Further information will be published as it becomes available.
There are a lot of formal documents on pollution and sewage available:
Discharges – If these are spotted during dry weather WRT [Westcountry Rivers Trust] advise:
- “Combined Sewer Overflow – these discharge waste associated with Sewage Treatment Works. They should only discharge during and just after big storms. If you see one discharging during dry weather you should call the Environment Agency 0800 80 70 60
WATER MONITORING PROJECT
Looking at another of the pages on this site, one of the tasks of the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group’s Water Monitoring Project is to look out for any pollutants entering the river system:
IN THE NEWS
For coverage of the issues, see the news pages: