Sunday, August 19, 2018
You are here: Isle of Man > Isle of Man News
Isle of Man News
General News
Vigilance needed to keep rivers clean 29 September 2006

In recent years, water quality monitoring by the Government Laboratory has consistently shown the Island’s river water quality to be of a very high standard and superior to that in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. However, such good results are not grounds for complacency. This was evidenced by routine checks this summer, when the Laboratory’s Freshwater Biologist, Calum MacNeil, found a number of inappropriate discharges, channel workings and obstructions that could prove damaging to river habitats and water quality.

Calum MacNeil commented,

“Maintaining and protecting river water quality is an ongoing process that relies on everyone playing their part. Those living or working on or near any river, whether a minor tributary or a major waterway, should always consider how their actions might impact on the watercourse and the wildlife therein, including any effects both up and downstream. Everyone having any contact with watercourses needs to be aware of their responsibilities and should observe good practice. Very often, a little bit more thought and care would go a long way to preventing serious damage to rivers and the fish and other aquatic life that inhabit them. Whilst action may be taken by the regulatory authorities in relation to any adverse impacts on rivers and the quality of their waters, the consequence of such damage could be far-reaching and could adversely affect the environment and be reflected in a poorer, overall assessment of the Island’s river water quality. This is a prime case where prevention is better than cure”.

Details of good practice, whom to consult when planning river works, and legislation affecting owners of watercourses are detailed in The Manx Watercourse Management Code leaflet issued jointly by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of Transport.

The Government Laboratory’s Freshwater Biologist regularly checks water quality in over 80 sites covering all major rivers on the Island. This work informs and complements the regulatory functions of this Department’s Environmental Protection Unit, which sets limits for and licenses any discharges into rivers, and takes action on pollution incidents.

More stories >>>  

Related News Articles
UK Measles Outbreak: The Need for Action Now 23 April 2013
The UK Measles Outbreak continues in South Wales and other parts of the UK. [More]
Chief Minister's statement to the House of Keys on support for the Sefton Group 23 April 2013
Mr SpeakerIn the absence of the Economic Development Minister on Government business, I and the Treasury Minister gave a presentation on Friday to Members of Tynwald on the reasons for Council of Ministers’ decision to support the Sefton Group. [More]
Public Services Commission Consultation 22 April 2013
In line with Government’s Agenda for Change programme and in particular its policy to reduce bureaucracy, the Civil Service Commission has launched a public consultation on the proposal to establish a Public Services Commission (PSC). [More]
Government acts to protect local economy and jobs 19 April 2013
GOVERNMENT is backing the financial restructuring of a prominent Island business group to help protect the local economy, Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK announced today (Friday April 19, 2013). [More]
Isle of Man signs Double Taxation Agreement with Luxembourg 18 April 2013
As part of the Isle of Man Government’s ongoing programme of signing Double Taxation Agreements (DTAs) and Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs), the Isle of Man has signed a comprehensive DTA with Luxembourg. [More]

Other Guides by Maxima Systems Ltd: Disney World