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Off The Scale - Love My River Northwich launches with yellow fish

Don’t be surprised if you see yellow painted fish around Northwich this week as the Environment Agency and partners are working together to raise awareness around water quality.

EA, Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside and volunteers are painting yellow fish on drains as part of the Love My River Northwich project. The aim is to increase awareness that any waste entering these drains could go directly into the nearest river or brook causing pollution and potentially killing wildlife. 

This is just the start of the campaign with further events planned this year including a stall at the Northwich River Festival on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July where the local community can find out more information. The campaign is being delivered by the Environment Agency and Groundwork through the Weaver Gowy Catchment Partnership along with Reaseheath Agricultural College, Canal and Rivers Trust, United Utilities, Cheshire Wildlife Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The project aims to address issues around domestic and urban sources of pollution in the River Weaver, River Dane and their tributaries that run through Northwich. Environment Agency staff respond to pollution incidents 24/7 to contain pollution and protect water quality. We investigate pollution incidents to find the source, stop the problem and understand how best to reduce any impacts on local communities and the environment.

Florence Chen, the Environment Agency’s Project Manager, said: “Overall we’ve seen a dramatic improve to water quality in the area in the last decade but there is still more to do. It’s really important that we continue to work with partners to ensure this work continues. “The Love My River Northwich project is a great way for us to get out into the community and speak to people about the work we do along with how the public can help us keep our rivers clean.”

Groundwork has a proud tradition of working alongside communities and businesses to help protect and maintain the local environment. Love My River Northwich encourages people to learn more about their local rivers and watercourses and to take practical action to look after them.  The Yellow Fish project is a great opportunity for our volunteers to do this.
Pete Attwood, Groundwork’s Yellow Fish Project Officer. 

We would urge anyone who notices pollution to land or water to call our hotline on 0800 80 70 60.