The media have suddenly woken up to the plight of the rivers, and particularly the vulnerability of the Chalkstreams; other than a few in Normandy, the UK have the only Chalkstreams in the world, which makes them a unique but very fragile resource. This article appeared in The Independent last week, – its worth reading, but be warned, it will make you very sad, and probably concern you about the future viability of where you fish.
Abstraction levels are still primarily the culprit, but so are we as a society, from car washes, running taps whilst we clean our teeth, an article in the news recently stated that women waste 50 billion litres of water just shaving their legs ! BBC Radio 4, Farming Today this week featured Dr Keith Weatherhead of Cranfield University, he’s an authority on agriculture and water management, he quoted that agriculture only used little over 1% of public water, so where does the rest go ? Maybe we should begin to rout out the profligate commercial and industrial users, but begin with ourselves – if we don’t set an example, and begin the thin end of the wedge, then who will, – I for one will clean my mirrors and headlights, I’ll arrive at my fishing in a dirty car, I’ll even try to bath and shower with a friend….knowing my luck, the friend will have four legs and a tail.