In early January, a significant amount of diesel discharged into Marholm Brook through a surface water drain. The Environment Agency responded to calls from an officer and members of the public. A boom to reduce the impact of the diesel was put in place to stem the flow into the Brook. The source was traced to a nearby business park.
Diesel is lighter than water and so usually floats on the water surface. However it can be toxic if it comes into direct contact with wildlife, pets and people. The Environment Agency is urging businesses to make sure that their pollution prevention measures are in place for their premises and suppliers.
In February the Environment Agency will be conducting a Pollution Prevention Campaign and visiting businesses in the area. Should anyone see be aware of or suspect a pollution, please call the incident hotline on 0800 807060.
The Werrington Brook Improvements is a 5+ year programme looking at ways of holistically improving a sub-catchment of the River Welland. The area includes Marholm Brook, Brook Drain, Paston Brook, Werrington Brook and Cuckoo’s Hollow. The project involves physical works to the river, and community and business behaviour change work, tackling a wide range of pollutants at source. For more information see www.pect.org.uk/WerringtonBrook